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Heywood Springs into Action

Youngsters, families and community groups from all across Heywood willingly rose to the challenge of the Great British Spring Clean on Saturday 4th March.  Voluntary Groups taking part at both Queen’s Park and Hopwood Park included The Friends of Queen’s Park, The Friends of Hopwood Park, Heywood in Bloom, Heywood Senior Section & 9th St Luke’s Guides, 1st Heywood Brownies and Heywood Police Cadets.

Ellen Wintle-Yates, Chairperson from Heywood in Bloom stated  “The Big Spring Clean in Queen’s Park got off to a fabulous start when over 40 volunteers turned up. The event was organised by Friends of Queen’s Park and Heywood in Bloom joined in with the clean-up.

The Mayor Ray Dutton and Mayoress Elaine Dutton came to start the litter pick off and chatted with the youngsters.  Lots of young volunteers went around the whole of the park in groups and collected bags of litter. It was a good opportunity to look at all the spring bulbs lots of colourful crocuses are now in bloom. The volunteers were then treated to hot dogs and bacon muffins compliments of The Friends of Queen’s Park”.

Laurence Richardson, Events Organiser from The Friends of Queen’s Park said  "It is lovely to see so many people wanting to help at this community event. The sun was shining and I know all the volunteers had a great morning litter picking in our beautiful park. Thank you to everyone who turned up today”.

Cllr Peter Rush, Chair Person of Heywood Township Committee also stopped by at Queen’s Park to thank the volunteers.

At the other end of Heywood, many volunteers at Hopwood Park also sowed the seeds for the Wildflower Meadow and planted extra fruit trees in the mini-orchard.   Complimentary hot drinks were served by The Friends of Hopwood Park from  Hopwood Cabin.

Mandie Almond, Secretary of The Friends of Hopwood Park said “Yet another well attended event at Hopwood Park, thanks to the Friends of Hopwood Park in conjunction with the Big Clean Event.  Fun was had by all, especially the children sprinkling their pots of seeds over the wild flower meadow area.   It's a pleasure to see so many from the community coming together to better their park environment".

Beth Tennant giving a helping hand at Hopwood Park said “Heywood Senior Section and 9th St Luke's Guides were happy to volunteer at Hopwood Park with the spring clean.  The girls had a great time picking litter and sowing seeds.  We look forward to watching the wild flower meadow grow and bloom. It's always a great pleasure to be helpful in the community and reaffirm our Guiding promise”.

Resident photographer David England and others captured the following great moments of the day across the town.

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