Crewe’s Queens Park looks set to benefit from the efforts of an enthusiastic volunteer group set up to address some of the issues facing the park.
Earlier this month, Cllr Michael Jones, leader of Cheshire East Council, visited the park and suggested that local people should become more involved.
So Leanne Haythornthwaite and Kirsty Taylor have taken him literally and formed the A.N.T.s group (Action Not Talk).
A number of people from Crewe and Nantwich have recently taken to social media to express their opinions about the park and some unfinished work.
In recent months the park has been the focus of local chit chat and people now feel that action will be much more use than just talking.
“After a recent walkabout with friends and family, I was disappointed that the park hasn’t been completed, but negativity on the Internet frustrated me more. So we are asking people to join us, stop talking and take some real action.”
“We can’t finish everything in one weekend, but with enough volunteers I believe that we can make a huge difference to the look and feel of the place – certainly to some of the eyesores that people rightly complain about.”
The fledgling group met on Monday morning at the Pickle Jar café within the park’s main pavilion.
They were joined by members from Friends of Queens Park and officers from Cheshire East Council.
After the meeting finished all people present went on a walk around of the park together to discuss ideas and how they could be put into practice.
“The reaction so far has been amazing but now it’s all about showing the Crewe public and Cheshire East Council that we’re serious, and that we can make a difference.”
Park Manager Elaine Dodd is delighted by the public support and joined the group for the walk around the park and had a good discussion with the volunteers on how they can help the park.
“Everyone wants to see the park restored to its former glories but direct action from dedicated volunteers will show the council how important it is to the local community.”
The A.N.T.s group is set to meet next Monday (19th August) from 6.30pm at the Pickle Jar café.
Everyone is welcome to attend to make plans for the first working party that will take place on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September.
Over the coming weeks the group hopes to involve local companies, schools and other volunteer organisations to tackle litter, lakeside weeding and the repair of benches, before moving on to large projects. For further information email Kirsty or Leanne on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook Group www.facebook.com/groups/queensparkants
Pictures ©Jason Griffiths 2013