Golden Acre Park
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Golden Acre Park is located about six miles north-west of the centre of Leeds near Bramhope on the A660 Otley Road. There are about 140 acres of mature woodland and gardens surrounding a water fowl filled lake. It's been developed as a garden show piece over recent years. The main entrance is from the car park by a path leading under Otley Road, giving safe pedestrian access. After passing under Otley Road visitors enter the main park area and can then make their way round the park by turning left or right according to choice. If you plan on visiting, make sure to take four or five children and several bags of bread (it doesn't have to be fresh). There are thousands of ducks, geese, and swans which will lie in wait for food to the delight of chilren.A path leads round the southern edge of the lake and then meanders uphill to the visitors center which features displays relevant to the park and where a variety of items relating to the park and the countryside may be purchased. Next to it is a small cafe. If you're a plant expert, then you'll find lots of interest at Golden Acre Park. You'll find trees, shrubs and a huge variety of plants. If it's capable of withstanding the British climate then there's a good chance you'll find it here. Of special interest is the simulated mountain stream which has been introduced to enhance the atmosphere, creating the sort of conditions which may be found in mountainous areas. Outside, plants grow amongst tufa rocks, and on the patio alpines are also grown in simulated stone troughs. Higher up, above the Display House, an area has been developed as a Limestone Rock Garden and it is here that visitors may find examples of plants such as campanulas, which thrive on soil of an alkaline nature.
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