Published on 7th February 2017

wooden rake and brush with red plastic handle leaning against a green painted wall

Volunteers are needed for Friday 10 February to spring clean Chelt Walk park's overgrown area.

St Peter’s and The Moors (SPTM) Big Local have teamed up with Cheltenham Borough Council’s parks green space development team, the community rangers green space volunteers and Amey to improve Chelt Walk park’s overgrown area previously known as a BMX track next to the Saracens football ground.

SPTM Big Local and the council are hosting a volunteering day from 10am on 10 February 2017 and are inviting residents to come along to help for an hour or more, with a range of jobs from litter picking to cutting back vegetation. Volunteers don’t need to bring tools as the ranger team will have the equipment to carry out the jobs. Amey employees will take part in the clearance of overgrown brambles, tree trimming and the installation of a new path. Also supporting the event are Saracens Football Club and Tesco PLC volunteers. Refreshments provided by Tesco, will be available throughout the day for everyone involved.

Ruth Kinsella, Amey’s Account Director in Gloucestershire said: "We are very happy to be able to help SPTM Big Local’s project Pocket Parks. Community led projects like these are vital to the regeneration of urban areas, and will give local residents beautiful green spaces to relax in and enjoy."

David Manohar, SPTM Big Local chair continued: “This is a great example of how we can work with organisations to make a difference in the community. We are delighted to have Amey offer their skilled staff to help and support local volunteers in making difference to this challenging area and give it back for everyone to enjoy. We would encourage local residents to get involved by joining the green space volunteers in the park from 10am on this day.”

The council’s green space team will also on the day be consulting with local residents about potential alterations to the Chelt Walk Park w­­hich could provide enhanced access to the park. The proposal offers better wheelchair, bicycle and pushchair access to enjoy the outdoor activities the park provides. The council is inviting the community to discuss the proposal from 3pm until 5pm in the play area of Chelt Walk Park.

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