Ashwood Park in Buxton is a potential paradise, a jewel alongside the River Wye. Once a beautiful place, after years of neglect it became sad and dark, not much used a park at all, just a route between Morrison’s and Spring Gardens. Over the last couple of years there’s been a big improvement …
Work started in autumn 2014; volunteers from Buxton Town Team were joined by Public Service students from Buxton & Leek College, members of Buxton and District Lions and staff from High Peak Borough Council Parks Department. Paths have been cleared, lawns edged, new beds dug and old ones weeded, ivy and other growth has been cleared from the back walls, perennials have been planted and seeds sown, park benches have been restored and painted, the river cleared of a lot of saplings and rubbish, thousands of daffodil bulbs planted to brighten the area up in the spring. The park is beginning to look much better!
There’s still a huge amount to be done though. There’s more sections of the river that need the vegetation clearing from the banks; more areas to clear of saplings and undergrowth to let in more light; more perennials to plant – as well as ongoing maintenance such as weeding and pruning! Longer term, we’d like to get funding for larger restoration projects such as improving the tennis courts, reopening the disused bridge, perhaps even restoring some of the interesting structures that were dismantled during the war.
If you would like to join the volunteer team please get in touch.