Nottingham element: Highfields
Highfields Park is a Grade 2 listed park covering 121 acres that is owned by Nottingham City Council. It features a children’s play area and a lake that is home to plenty of wildlife where you can hire a boat for a closer look in the summer or take a wander along the path around it.
Sir Jesse Boot bought the land in 1920 with the intention of building homes for his staff but when Boots was bought out the new owners had no intention of doing this. Jesse Boot dispersed his 121 acres of land to good causes. Boot used 35 acres of the estate to form the core of East Midlands University. He built a raised road to connect Nottingham to Beeston, and landscaped the area south of the Trent building given as a park for Nottingham City Council. The remains of the estate, also called Highfields park, the other side of University Boulevard, was given over to sport fields. Also on the land he built a very large Lido, which, in 1922 was the largest in England. The fishpond created by previous owner Joseph Lowe was enhanced and upgraded to the boating lake.
Scientific element: Hafnium
Hafnium is the 45th most abundant element on Earth
It is used in the nuclear power industry, electronic equipment, ceramics, light bulbs and in the making of super-alloys.
It is unaffected by water, air and all alkalis and acids except for hydrogen fluoride.
It also has a very high melting point and because of this is used in plasma welding torches.
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