Redrow Buddies Up With The Friends of Congleton Park

Redrow’s Melanie Ferris pictured with volunteers from the Friends of Congleton Park

A VOLUNTEER group helping to maintain an award-winning park in Congleton has found a friend in Redrow.

The Friends of Congleton Park has ambitious plans to improve the entrance points at St Stephen’s Church to Hankinson’s Playing Field and Congleton Park, with the overall project expected to cost more than £10,000.

A wildflower meadow is set to form part of the scheme and the Friends received £500 from Redrow’s Congleton Community Fund towards this.

Friends of Congleton Park chairman Glen Williams said: “Congleton Park is a fantastic open space that’s achieved the Green Flag Award for 13 years in a row and, for the first time, the Green Heritage Site Accreditation for management of its historic features.

“Some of the work on the entrance improvements has been delayed because of the pandemic, but we’ve recently carried out tree planting and with funding from Redrow we’ll be creating a wildflower meadow. This will provide an attractive, low maintenance area which will welcome human visitors but also improve the ecological value of the site by encouraging pollinating insects and other wildlife.”

Redrow’s support for the Friends of Congleton Park was via the homebuilder’s voluntary community fund attached to the Cranberry Gardens development of family friendly homes.

The scheme has shared around £10,000 amongst good causes in the area.

Redrow area sales manager Amanda Hollins said: “Being able to spend time in green open space has become more important than ever in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, helping to boost mental and physical health. Less than a mile from our homes at Cranberry Gardens, Congleton Park is a lovely community space and we were happy to be able to help towards the wildflower meadow. It sits well with our ‘Nature for People’ biodiversity strategy, which aims to make the most of natural features in the new communities we create.”

For more information about the Friends of Congleton Park see http://www.friendsofcongletonpark.co.uk.

To find out more about the homes at Cranberry Gardens call 01260 241525 or visit www.redrow.co.uk/cranberrygardens.