Children swing again at town park

Much to the delight of local children and their parents, new swings have been installed in a popular park off Gravel Lane.

Wilmslow Town Council purchased the new swings for The Temp at a cost of £5,500 to replace the ones which Cheshire East Council removed last summer.

Cllr Jim Crockatt, Chairman, Wilmslow Town Council commented " Wilmslow Town Council was made aware, by a number of local residents, that the previous set of swings at 'the temp' had been removed by Cheshire East Council due to safety concerns. It became apparent that these swings were valued in the locality but that Cheshire East Council did not have the funding to provide a new set.

Wilmslow Town Council are pleased that we have been able to enhance this facility and respond positively to the identified need. The swings whilst funded by the Town Council will continue to be managed and maintained by Cheshire East Council and we are delighted that the two Councils have been able to work together for the enjoyment of the younger members in our community"

Emma Stansfield, of Beechfield Avenue Mums, said "Our children are really excited to have the swings reinstated on The Temp. Thanks to everyone who made this possible.

"It's great to see happy children playing on the swings in The Temp again, lets hope the sun comes out so they can make the most of them!"

Emma added "A big thank you to Wilmslow Town Council for funding the replacement of the swings and to Cheshire East Council for all their help and who will continue with the management of the site."

Bethan Crook, of Eden Close, said "What a surprise we had this week as we walked our usual way to school - the new swings have arrived! The children wasted no time and jumped on straight away. They look fantastic and have been used by many children already. We are very grateful to Wilmslow Town Council for providing our children with such wonderful play equipment."

Her daughter Naomi Crook, age 8, added "The new swings are much better than the ones we had before. Lots of children are now in the park playing on them. It's so much fun!"

Heidi age 6, said "They work better than the old ones, I can go higher!"

The ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, 27th April, coincided with a seed swap at the Temp Community Garden organised by Transition Wilmslow. People were invited to bring along their surplus seeds to swap and plant in their newly built raised beds.

Transition Wilmslow also installed a new seat at the community garden, which they started work on two years ago when ten fruit trees were planted on the site with the help of Ashdene Primary School pupils and local councillors.

Emma Stansfield commented "There was a lovely community feel to the proceedings, children swung, watched the raised beds being planted and plants were swapped. Transition Wilmslow also served cake and juice to everyone, a new seat carved from a tree was installed and the sun came out!"

The Temp, Wilmslow Town Council