Friends of Memorial Park Task Days in 2004/06

Here are details of our first recorded task days in 2004 and 2006.

Task Day 18 November 2006

A group of the Friends met in Memorial Park to plant bluebell and daffodil bulbs alongside the path running through the wildlife area adjacent to the canal. Daffodils were also planted around Ian Rice's memorial bench near the entrance from the canal near lock 12.

At the same time as all this planting was going on Adrian Ellis and Dave Forber from the Parks & Recreation Team installed a new interpretation board near the memorial that explains the history of the park and how it was gifted to the community in memory of the men of Marple who died as a result of the Great War, 1914-18.

Task Day 22 May 2004

The Friends' first Task Day was held in the park on Saturday 22nd May 2004. The objective was to clear the brambles and undergrowth along the dry stone wall bordering the canal and to remove saplings growing out of it. A safety fence was also erected around the sluice near the entrance to the park at lock 10 and bulbs were planted in front of it that should improve the appearance once they grow.

The Task Day was well attended by members of the Friends, a group of youngsters led by local youth group leader Andrea Nylands and several Stockport Council workers from the Parks and Recreations section. As well as helping with the work, the youth group put on a barbeque and ensured that everyone was well fed.

Here are a few photographs taken on the day: