Scouts help clean up ceme­tery

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

A SCOUT group has started work to re­vive part of Mac­cles­field ceme­tery.

The 24th Mac­cles­field Methodist Church group took ac­tion af­ter learn­ing about the state of the Gar­dens of Re­mem­brance.

It fol­lowed a story in the Ex­press last July where for­mer mayor Lloyd Roberts com­plained that the area had be­come ‘ridicu­lously over­grown’ and ‘in­ac­ces­si­ble’.

Beavers, cubs and scouts from the unit chose to clear up the gar­den as part of the Mil­lion Hands Project, a na­tional scheme to en­gage scouts in im­prov­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and the well be­ing of all cit­i­zens.

Work started in April with lit­ter sweeps, us­ing lit­ter pick­ers sup­plied by Cheshire East Coun­cil, scrub­bing the seats so peo­ple can sit on them and clean­ing me­mo­rial stones.

Their project will con­tinue through­out the sum­mer where they plan to clear paths, prune bushes, plant bulbs, re­pair bird boxes and bal­sam bash­ing.

Ann Eden, cub scout leader, said: “Af­ter see­ing the ar­ti­cle in the Ex­press last year about the poor con­di­tion of the me­mo­rial gar­den at Mac­cles­field Ceme­tery, beavers, cubs and scouts chose to im­prove the area.”

The state of the gar­den was not the only prob­lem iden­ti­fied by Mr Lloyd, who was a coun­cil­lor for Tyther­ing­ton. He said the dam at the end of the lake had col­lapsed into a pond of sludge and shop­ping trol­leys had been aban­doned there.

Cheshire East Coun­cil said a wall that crossed a vale and cre­ated a pond col­lapsed about seven years ago caus­ing the stream that fed the pond to un­der­mine the em­bank­ment. It is in the process of car­ry­ing out work to sta­bilise the em­bank­ment.

●● The 24th Mac­cles­field Methodist Church group took ac­tion af­ter learn­ing about the state of the Gar­dens of Re­mem­brance at Mac­cles­field Ceme­tery

●● Vol­un­teers at Cheshire Street­wise’s fur­ni­ture project

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.