A BRILLIANT day with beautiful autumn weather allowed 15 volunteers aged between 8-70 to get Woody Park on Queensway back to a useable condition. The Project Woody was part of the Tidy Town day.
The Tidy Town group reports, “On Sunday 5th November, residents volunteered their time to cut back overgrowth, trees and tidy up the children’s play equipment to encourage young children to use the park again. It had come to people’s attention that the park was not being used for the purpose it was created for.
“The volunteers were also joined by two tree experts who with their expert knowledge, were able to cut and trim down the undergrowth and remove huge amounts of branches. Wiltshire Council has agreed to take away branches that have been cut down.
“The children’s play equipment, now it is visible and not hidden under the overgrown and neglected trees and grass, is being treated with wood preserve, putting life back into them. The chicken and the tortoise have been cleaned, really making the place look usable again. The parrot is yet to receive some needed TLC, but will do in the near future.
“We are still discussing uses for the parrot and how it can be saved, as a new one would cost in excess of £20,000 and therefore a solution is needed.
“Mayor cllr Adrienne Westbrook, who was there on the day, suggests help from the teenage population of Melksham putting forward the idea that a graffiti mural is created to revitalise the park. This is in its very early idea stage, but we welcome alternative ideas.
“The Town Tidy project continues with more wood preserving and finishing touches to bring the park back to life and to encourage younger children to use it.”
The mayor said, “It’s a shame that younger children cannot use it as the older teenagers are misusing it.
“We are really pleased with the work we did on the day, spending just one and a half hours of our alloted two and a half hours. It just shows what people can do if you do it all together.”