A few months into litter picking we discovered the area around the Sandy Park (Gertrude Road) park used to be a horse riding school. Which closed down in the 90’s. We still have the ‘careful horses crossing’ road sign on Mousehold Ave!
Charlie Buck’s stables were on the George White playing field and slope next to the park. I have managed to piece together some information from chatting with local residents but would be great to have a guest blogger re-write this post and help preserve this piece of our local history. Even a few testimonies from your time here. These stables were a big part of a lot of people’s childhood.
After discovering this vital piece of history it explained why the soil and land here is so rich in nutrition.
The flytipping and rubbish here dates back to when this site used to be a horse riding stable. We even found a riding helmet!
In the 90’s Charlie Buck sadly passed away and the Norfolk County Council leased the land to George White school on Crome Road. During this process, the slope between the field and the kid’s park got forgotten. Over the 20-30 years it slowly became a forgotten dumping ground until winter of 2020 when we as a group started to slowly clear the rubbish away being extremely careful to not damage the habit.
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