Film ID:
YFA 3379

TAKEN FOR GRANTED

1981

Visitor Tabs

Description

Made by the Mercury Movie Makers, this film provides an insight into the many aspects of work of the Parks Department of Leeds Leisure Services.

The commentary explains that Leeds is one of Britain's largest cities and industrial centres. The film shows the factories and the city streets of Leeds. The Civic Hall gardens are shown. The Department Offices are based inside the Civic Hall. There are many drawing boards where designers are creating plans for the many flower beds that the department looks after. Other workers are at desks working on plans for designs like these that take "more than just green fingers." The designers are drawing up different plans which will be fulfilled by the gardeners. They can be seen making the design on the grass area in the park. A centrepiece floral display is designed around 1981 - International Year of Disabled People.

Another place that the council looks after is Lotherton Hall, a gift from the Gascoigne family for the people of Leeds.  Attractions include a bird garden at which there are many children visiting to see birds such as parrots and flamingos. Improvement and development of all the parks and open spaces is a priority for the council. At Golden Acre Park, an island in the middle of the lake is under construction and designed as a refuge for water fowl to encourage rarer birds back to the area. The council also looks after sports areas such as the public golf course, rugby and football pitches, and a bowling green. There are various track and field events at the sports grounds, tennis as well as people with radio controlled power boat racing.

The film moves on to the Otley Chevin fell race, showing runners making their way around the course.  At the top is the White House, the headquarters of the Chevin Forest Park, showing the panoramic view over Wharfedale.  Horse riders are on the top in winter.  The on to Roundhay Park  where there are a pair of black swans in the canal gardens.  The woods are kept wild for the bird watchers and other users.  The on to the farm at Temple Newsam run by the Department, with children visiting, and a newly born calf. 

At the nursery at Roundhay park, new trees are planted and large trees are cut with the timber being processed using a portable plank making machine.  Flowers line all the major trunk roads into the city and decorate residential areas, all part of “a well thought out and executed plan”.   Workers cut grass on the verges and playing fields. 

Next we visit large department nursery at Red Hall, where thousands of plants are grown in the greenhouses.  Workmen check the bees at the nursery’s apiary.    There is a conveyor belt machine for potting plants.  The nursery van arrives to supply and arrange plants for a civic function.  A large supply of bulbs arrives on a lorry at the nursery.

Then the film focusues on Roundhay Park, showing the many flowers on display and the canal gardens, and Coronation House. There is a big outdoor event there featuring a high wire and other acts. There are some TV comedy actors present, including Bill Pertwee.  There is hand gliding, and then the building a large bonfire for a fireworks display, which ends the film.

The makers of this film wish to thank all the members of Leeds Parks Department without whose cooperation this film could not have been made.

Cameras and Sound:
Ron Broadbent, John Copp, Myer Gorwits, Ken Leckenby, Keith Overend, Alan Sidi and Reg White

Directed by Ken Leckenby

The End

A Group 16 Film