Friends of Marple Memorial Park Task Days

The Friends hold regular task days in the park on the last Saturday of each month in the winter and the middle and last Saturday from March to November. Everyone is welcome to join in for as long or as short they wish during the specified times. Please note that children and young people under 18 should be accompanied by a responsible adult. The next task day is: 


We like to keep a record of what we get up and here are details of past task days.

Task Day 16 May 2021

Benches on Derby WayA couple more Town Centre Benches treated while it's not raining!

We thought Derby Way would be quiet on a Sunday morning but there were lots of people out and about while we sanded and treated the two benches there. It was good to see both cafes being well used and thank you to the Golden Plate and The Locks Coffee House and Bar for their generous provision of refreshments as we finished our chores.

A big thanks also to the kind gentleman who donated £20 to Friends of the Park!

Task Days 13 & 14 May 2021

Town Centre Bench MaintenanceTown Centre Bench Refurbishments

At last Friends of Marple Memorial Park have been able to get our 2021 Town Centre Bench maintenance underway.

Thanks to the pandemic and lockdown restrictions we were unable to do any maintenance in 2020, so they need more work than normal since we refurbished them all between 2015 and 2019. It was great to get the first four under our belt and also to receive some very appreciative comments from passing members of the public.

We were also treated to tea, coffee and scones from All Things Nice and a wonderful Gelato ice cream from Cocolato, formerly the Magnificent Chocolate Company.

Commemorative Bench in Memorial Park

We also managed to finish the addition of a new commemorative plaque in memory of Nancy Adams to one of the benches in the park already sponsored by the Tait family. As well as paying for the new plaque, which we fitted, the family also made a very generous donation towards our maintenance materials for all benches.

Task Day 01 May 2021

Task Day in Memorial Park 01 May 2021We were delighted by how many people thanked us for our efforts today!

Tasks included cutting down a dead willow in the woodland area and using the arisings to create a bug hotel, continuing our catch-up on bench refurbishments, litter-picking, clearing broken glass and lots of work on the main flowerbeds and war memorial beds. We also planted some donated fruit trees and unblocked a drain!

We were joined this time by a team from Marple Allotment Association, who did a lot of work to bring their fruit and veg plot in the park back to life.

We had an outdoor (socially distanced) tea break and park visitors kindly donated over £21 in our bucket. Thank you!

Task Day 17 April 2021

Friends of the Park officially get back to work at last!

Following clearance from the council to return to the park for our task days the weather played ball and treated us to some much needed sunshine.

The principal task was to get back on top of the main flowerbed maintenance but we also got stuck into treating of benches, removal of self-seeded saplings in the shrub beds and litter-picking throughout the park. We also planted some fruit bushes donated by a Marple resident and cleared out the Bowling Pavilion canopy ready for the start of the Bowling season.

Earlier this month we also got work back underway in the Bandroom Garden. 

New Flags Flying in Memorial Park

Friends of the Park are not able to do task days at the moment but have popped some new flags up recently:

Task Day 08 December 2020

Nativity Sculptures installed on Market Street!

Adding to the spirit of Christmas in Marple, Friends of Memorial Park finished the year as they started it (in reverse) by installing the Market Street Nativity sculptures this afternoon. This was following a clean-up, refresh and new varnish by metal artist Wayne Chaisty during the autumn. Did you know it was 14 years ago, in 2006 when Wayne made these!