Graham reports back from Friends of Scholes Park meeting

by Lib Dem team on 3 July, 2022

The Friends of Scholes Park met on Thursday. Thank you to the volunteers in the Friends group who have done so much great work in recent years and continue to work hard to improve the fields.

– Having raised the funding needed the ‘Trim Trail Play Equipment’ is due to be installed and opened in September 2022.
 – Looking for support to improve Entrance Paths to Scholes Park in a number of locations including: the path from Firsmount, the path past the water works near the running track and others.
 – Gatley Hill House refurbishment is now complete in terms of building work, It will be re-occupied in July including new council offices.    FoSP are looking to fund a ‘Listening Bench’ to complement the re-opening and a new sign welcoming visitors to the area and giving details of the history of Gatley Hill House
 – An art project is planned to improve the scene under the railway bridge off Foxland Road. Funding is in place and plans are well advanced. Work should start later this year. They will be looking for volunteers to help with the initial painting of the bridge surface. The art work will be a joint venture between a professional artist and Kingsway School children.
 – Looking to widen the uses for Scholes Park with suggestions for open air plays amongst others. Also, considering the use of the Sports Pavilion as a café during popular periods.
 – Potential funds from Cheshire Wildlife Trust wasted space campaign, suggested use to regenerate the old play area concrete bases and detritus beyond the rail bridge off Borrowdale Avenue.
Recent Events: – Easter Trail on 14th April, sadly marred by bad weather – Schools Task Day by Kingsway, Gatley Primary, Lum Head Primary and Brookside Pre-school on 27th April included a litter pick, planting and painting the planters. 

Up coming events, look out for dates: – Community Task Day to the running track  – Gatley Open Gardens Event on 10th June
In Hand: – creating a Fund Raising Calendar – Christmas 2022 including a lantern parade, working with the Scouts with their Christmas Stall and hopefully with local churches for the big Lights Switch On on Gatley Green – Bat Identification, plan is to invite a bat experts to register bat numbers and species on Scholes Park. – Task Day to improve the play park area with litter picking, wildflower planting and possibly planting fruit bushes. Involving Gatley Flower Rangers & Blooming Local. 

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