Cheshire East leader Cllr Michael Jones was at Crewe’s Queens Park last weekend as an army of A.N.T.s volunteers set about improving the park for visitors.
The voluntary group (Actions Not Talk) was recently formed after Cllr Jones suggested that the Crewe public should do more and show some civic pride to help drive forward the completion of the park following its multi-pound investment.
Over the weekend, the volunteers cleared paths, weeded overgrown flower beds and painted some of the many park benches.
Cllr Jones was delighted by the turnout and told the volunteers:
It’s a fantastic start. This will be the best park in Cheshire East if you stick together, The council can do the big stuff, but we want the local knowledge that the volunteers can bring. This project needs their energy and ongoing commitment to keep the process going. The viability of any park is people-led.’
The council will now work with the park’s management to plan the upgrade of paths around the lake.
This will improve access for visitors with restricted mobility’.
A.N.T.s co-ordinator Leanne Haythornthwaite is already planning ahead.
‘This is just the start. With a major clear-up completed we hope identify areas that smaller project teams can work on.
We need investment, but now we’re looking for even more local people to get involved and spend a few hours each month helping out.
We know there’s a lot of hard work ahead, but with the council’s backing and the support of local businesses and organisations we know that we can make Queens Park one of the best in the region, as it once was.’
One visitor on Sunday, Matthew Percival, was amazed by the transformation.
‘Some of the park was starting to look untidy, but the work done by the volunteers has made a great difference. The paths by the lake look superb.”
Over the coming months the group hopes to involve local companies, schools and other volunteer organisations to launch new projects that will address specific issues around the park.
For further information about the A.N.T.s or would simply like to know how to get involved, contact the group either by emailing Kirsty or Leanne on firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting the official Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/queensparkants.
You can also be kept up to date with all the action via Twitter at twitter.com/QueensParkAnts
Story & Photographs supplied by Jules Hornbrook