Milton Park’s success can grow with more volunteers

As those who help to maintain Alsager’s Milton Park celebrate its Green Flag status, they have appealed for more volunteers to help make it even more attractive.
The coveted flag was raised earlier this year in official recognition that the park boasts the “highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities”.
There is a skate park, children’s playground, football pitch and footpaths and garden features such as the rose garden and the sunken garden.
The Milton Park Steering Group, now the Friends of Milton Park, made up of councillors and residents, help to maintain the grounds. 
Now the group is calling on the community to come forward and give any spare time to improve the park even more.
Honorary Freeman Shirley Jones said: “We need more volunteers to come forward to help us keep the park maintained to its usual high standard and to continue to meet the changing needs an aspirations of our residents.
“Being a volunteer need not to be an arduous task. An hour a week or an hour a month would make a real difference. You will also meet other volunteers and make new friends.
“There are many jobs to be done such as tending the roses, planting flower beds and borders and helping us with the continuing war on weeds. You do not need to be knowledgeable about gardening but be willing to learn and share your skills.
“Please come and help us to make your park even more attractive and to ensure that we retain our Green Flag status.”
Coun Derek Hough, who is standing down from the Friends of Milton Park management team, said: “In spite of appeals for help, none has been forthcoming.
“Thanks to the voluntary work over the last 10 years, guided and supported by the regular maintenance staff, the park has now been awarded Green Flag status.
“As one of the people who has been involved with the volunteers from the beginning, alongside Trevor Cotton and Sylvia Dyke I think we made a difference and wish the new team equal or more success.”
Coun Hough does intend to carry on with Thursday morning volunteering at the rose garden.
The Friends of Milton Park work with other groups and associations including Scouts, Guides and Fire Cadets, Alsager Rotary Club, Alsager in Bloom and the Alsager Urban Wildlife Initiative.
Hilary Robinson, of the Alsager Urban Wildlife Initiative, said: “It’s great news that Milton Park has achieved Green Flag status, so much has been achieved by the Friends of Milton Park.
“Recently other organisations such as Alsager Urban Wildlife Initiative, working with Alsager In Bloom, have been improving the planting in the park for people and wildlife.
“The Pollinator Meadow has been very popular over the last three years. This year, we have started planting flowers in the Long Border by Station Road.”
The former Alsager town councillor said the next projects will include creating a gateway near the corner of Station Road and Brookhouse Road, and adding leaf-mould and soil improver to the fire station border.
Pruning or removing self-seeded, dead and unsightly trees and shrubs will also take place in various parts of the park, as well as continuing improvements to the planting of shrubs and perennials, which will be useful to wildlife.
Milton Park is among 1,970 parks in UK to have received a Green Flag Award.
To become a volunteer contact Lisa Alcock on lisa.Alcock@cheshireeast.gov.uk
(Photo: Muriel Dale.).

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