This is how Stray at West Park in Harrogate looks now
Everyone in Harrogate who cares about the Stray knows how bad the grass at West Park was last October when the UCI cycling championships left town after nine days of international cycling - and rainfall.
The controversy over the impact on Harrogate's precious parkland of a cycling event and what the financial costs of it were for Harrogate Borough Council and the town have never totally gone away.
But as the Harrogate Advertiser's latest photographs taken of the once mud-ravaged West Park reveal, work to repair the grass is progressing nearly as rapidly as the damage that was caused last September by the international sporting event.
The aerial shots show that what was a brown stain on the town only four months ago, is now starting to become a carpet of green.
But there is still work to do before the West Park Stray is ready to return to normality and be handed back to public life fully, as the Stray's guardians, the Stray Defence Association has been insisting on for ten months.
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