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  • Task Day in Memorial Park: December 28, 2019
  • Task Day in Memorial Park: January 25, 2020
  • Task Day in Memorial Park: February 29, 2020
  • Task Day in Memorial Park: March 14, 2020
  • Task Day in Memorial Park CANCELLED: March 28, 2020
  • Task Day in Memorial Park CANCELLED: April 11, 2020
  • Task Day in Memorial Park CANCELLED: April 25, 2020
  • Task Day in Memorial Park CANCELLED: May 16, 2020
  • Task Day in Memorial Park CANCELLED: May 30, 2020
  • Task Day in Memorial Park CANCELLED: June 13, 2020
  • Task Day in Memorial Park CANCELLED: June 27, 2020
  • Task Day in Memorial Park CANCELLED: July 11, 2020
  • Task Day in Memorial Park CANCELLED: July 25, 2020
  • Task Day in Memorial Park CANCELLED: August 15, 2020
  • Task Day in Memorial Park CANCELLED: August 29, 2020
  • Task Day in Memorial Park CANCELLED: September 12, 2020
  • Task Day in Memorial Park: September 26, 2020
  • Task Day in Memorial Park: October 10, 2020
  • Task Day in Memorial Park: October 24, 2020

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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #238 on: November 14, 2020, 06:27:27 AM »
Task Day 4 November 2020

With Lockdown 2 looming we decided a final tidy-up of the main flowerbeds and war memorial beds was essential in order to be in the best possible shape for this year's Remembrance, whatever that may be. The main activities were weeding, trimming and tidying the beds, raising a new Remembrance flag and adding fresh wreaths to the railings at the war memorial and the timeline. We also managed a litter-pick, filled in ruts caused by a police vehicle in the park and did a serious and long overdue hack-back of the rhododendrons in one of the shrub beds.

We were joined by council officer Wayne, who did a final picking of stones from the wildflower meadow area too. The council team were also out in force, clearing leaves from the main drive and car park.

Read more about our task days here: http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/task-days/task-days-in-2020.html







To learn more about what we do for the park check out our fantastic promotional video created by one of our regular volunteers:



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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #237 on: October 25, 2020, 07:36:35 AM »
Task Day 24 October 2020

Better weather yesterday meant that we could at last get back onto the flowerbeds, where we finally managed to distribute the mushroom compost that was delivered too late to go on the beds earlier this year. We also worked on shrub beds by the side of Hollins House and down towards the band room. The usual litter pick was conducted, two Rowan trees donated by a member of the public were planted and the war memorial and noticeboards given a clean too.

Read more about our task days here: http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/task-days/task-days-in-2020.html





We also managed to get onto the wildflower meadow area at last and get some stone-picking done.



About the Wildflower Meadow

Our plans for the wildflower meadow had been severely disrupted by Covid19 and visitors to the park throughout lock-down and beyond may have wondered what's happening to the field used as a compound during the repairs to Lock 11 completed in May 2019. The Canal and River Trust had handed over funds and seed to Friends of the Park and Stockport Council's Neighbourhood Team in order to turn the area into a wildflower meadow and we were all set to sow the seed in late March. Like everything else, this was stopped in its tracks due to the pandemic but of course nature didn't take any notice and grass and weeds returned with a vengeance. Since restrictions eased the weather hasn't played ball very much but the area has been re-harrowed twice and the wildflower seed was sown recently.

Apart from picking stones that have risen to the surface due to harrowing and the rain, it's now a waiting game and, hopefully, as well as life getting back to normal in Marple as spring returns next year, we'll also be able to enjoy a great display of wildflowers in the park.

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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #236 on: October 11, 2020, 07:17:01 AM »
Task Day 10 October 2020

The weather forecast for this weekend was far better at the start of the week, so we brought our planned task day forward. However, the park was so wet yesterday that we couldn't work on the grassed areas without doing damage, so we focused on tidying shrub borders that could be accessed from tarmac. This included the Infants Play Area, the border from the library woodland to the Band Room and we also made a start on the one next to Hollins House too.

Read more about our task days here: http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/task-days/task-days-in-2020.html






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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #235 on: September 27, 2020, 08:08:00 AM »
Task Day 26 September 2020

 It was great to notch up our first official Saturday Task Day since 14 March, even though we have to restrict numbers to comply with Government guidance. Park visitors must have been pleased to see us too as they left over £30 in our collection bucket!

We focused mainly on flowerbed maintenance and edging of the main pathway through the park. The latter is one of those things that you don't really notice when it's done but certainly do when it isn't. It looks so much better now.

Read more about our task days here: http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/task-days/task-days-in-2020.html

The next scheduled Task Day is Saturday 17 October 2020 but is open to existing registered volunteers only due to Covid19.







Infants Play Area fence damage

Park users may have noticed that a large section of the Infants Play Area fence behind the swings has recently gone missing. This is due to it being vandalised by some of our less intelligent visitors to the park.



The whole of the fence has been past its sell-by date for some time. The Friends of the Park have kept it going for quite a few years by painting and maintaining but we now consider it beyond our abilities to deal with any longer.

The council will be installing some temporary fencing in the coming week and we hope that this will tide us over while we pursue our plans to merge and upgrade the two existing play areas. This is at a very early stage (with no funding) and is linked to the Community Hub project to bring the swimming pool to the park. So sadly it is not going to happen overnight.

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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #234 on: August 28, 2020, 08:19:16 AM »
Task Day 27 August 2020

The weather is really not playing ball with our preparation works for the wildflower meadow but we continued stripping off dead vegetation to prevent it enriching the soil. The meadow area will be harrowed and stripped a couple more times and it would be great to have some prolonged sunshine to kill off the weeds and make lighter work of stripping them off by hand.



Work was also done on the flowerbeds, the Band Room garden, the Reading Circle borders, litter-picking and a tool store tidy.







Reading Circle Tree Sculpture

We also managed to get the council's Arb Team to cut the bottoms off the last two sections of the broken sculpture from behind the library. Visitors to the park may have noticed that the sculpture has been dismantled after we discovered it broken in July. Unfortunately the base has been decaying from underneath and one section broke off during lock-down, leaving the other two very wobbly. We asked the council to take down the remaining sections and the Arb Team has now cut the rotten bits off all three sections of the sculpture for us so that we can look at the feasibility of resetting them on metal bases.


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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #233 on: August 18, 2020, 06:22:34 PM »
Task Day 18 August 2020

We managed to hit a weather window with minimal rain during our task day today but it was hard work clearing the new wildflower meadow area of dead vegetation as it had all received a good soak this morning! We'll be back to finish it off.







Other tasks completed include maintenance work on the War Memorial flowerbeds, tidying the sensory garden, litter-picking and the Marple Band Room hedge was given a much needed pruning.







One of our volunteers has also been doing much needed maintenance work on the picnic benches at Marple Recreation Ground. Well somebody's got to do it haven't they! We should soon have the missing slat from the centre of one of these benches back in place and hopefully these two benches restored by us in 2013 will be good for another few years.







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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #232 on: August 17, 2020, 06:23:00 AM »
Border re-edged on Lock 17

Did you know that Friends of Marple Memorial Park look after the Lock 17 Flowerbed on Oldknow Gardens as well as the park? They recreated this bed in partnership with Marple Locks Heritage Society (now defunct) and the council. It was funded by the council, Marple Area Committee and The Marple Website, whose logo is cast in bronze on the plaque dedicated to Gordon Mills.









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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #231 on: July 31, 2020, 06:57:06 AM »
AT LAST we're officially allowed back in the park!

Following release of guidance from the council and the production and approval of our own special risk assessment covering Covid19 precautions, our volunteers are now officially allowed back in the park. So we held our first authorised task day since March on Wednesday and it was all very different to how it used to be. In order to ease our way into it we returned with restricted numbers. Volunteers were asked to bring their own tools wherever possible and bins and communal tools were cleaned going in and out of the store and then "owned" by one individual for the session or cleaned again.

Thankfully small groups of volunteers and family units have come into the park of their own volition for exercise during the last  few months and kept on top of the flowerbeds and other key maintenance. This is why the park is looking so good and if not for this it would be in a very sorry state. We thank everyone who took it upon themselves to do so.






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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #230 on: July 03, 2020, 03:11:05 PM »
Play Areas in Memorial Park to open on Monday

We have been told that the Infants and Junior Play Areas in Marple Memorial Park will be opened on Monday 6th July!


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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #229 on: June 26, 2020, 06:05:36 AM »
Collection boxes for Friends of Marple Memorial Park

As Marple shops and businesses get back to work could any of you support Friends of Marple Memorial Park with a collection box in your premises? It's a great low cost way to support our wonderful community group that makes the park a better place for all: https://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/sponsorship.html


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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #228 on: June 03, 2020, 04:51:03 PM »
Time for some new flags in the park, courtesy of Friends of Memorial Park.

Great weather for flying a flag!


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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #227 on: April 04, 2020, 05:15:42 PM »
Thank you for all your past hard work - it made a terrific difference to the park.  We look forward to seeing you in the future.

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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #226 on: April 04, 2020, 01:17:57 PM »
Friends of Marple Memorial Park were off to such a great start in 2020 and we were entering the most rewarding season as the park springs back into life. Sadly for now we can't continue. Check out the minutes of our last meeting to see just how many things have had to be put on hold. But in the words of Arnie, "we'll be back!" so please keep supporting what we do to make our park a better place for everyone and stay safe Marple! https://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/memorialpark/FriendsMarch2020.pdf


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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #225 on: April 02, 2020, 05:28:53 PM »
Can you get as far as Marple Memorial Park during your permitted daily exercise, it's looking fabulous this week!


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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #224 on: March 23, 2020, 07:35:10 AM »
Friends of Marple Memorial Park Task Days on Hold

Friends of Marple Memorial Park's normal Task Days have been placed on hold for the immediate future, until it is safe to meet in groups again.

Sadly that means that we will not be able to hold any further "Little Growers" sessions planned for March and April either.

During the coming weeks we will be forced to spend less time in the park, so if you spot any issues that you think will concern us, please report it via the Friends of the Park web site.

https://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/