Meeting 2nd March 2021


Minutes of the Meeting held on 02 March 2021 at 10.00am on Zoom.

Present: - Tracey Adams (Chair), Philippa Bonorino, Pam Reed, Terry Holmes, Beryl and Alan Smith, Jean Bartlett
Apologies: Debbie Barraclough, Abdulnaser Alshurbaji, John Young, Glenys Backhouse, Joanne McCarthy
Minutes of the meeting on 3 November 2020 were accepted as a correct record.
Matters arising from the minutes
The Stockport Talking Newspaper piece about the park and the work of the group has been postponed. TA/PB
More woodchip will be requested to act as weed suppressant. AS
Treasurer’s Report
Balance is £3,660-12. Since the last meeting £69 has been spent on compost to fill up the tubs in the park.
Action Plan
Wet beds –The bed by the school side entrance will be given a similar overhaul to the one by the gym equipment this Spring. TH
The plan to create an area of wild flower meadow has been put back because of the pandemic restrictions on working in the park. AC/AS/PB
The proposal for a group of Silver Birches, to be paid for by the FoRP, was clarified and it was agreed that we should discuss it further with Anthony Crook. AS/TH/AC
The rest of the tree work has now been scheduled for July 2021 AC
Ferns and plants – various member of the FoRP offered ferns, foxgloves, Calceolarias and Rudbeckias. These will be planted in the school or Carlton Avenue beds as soon as they are available. PB/TA/PR/AS
Carlton Avenue – the new bed will need weeding again soon and the areas along the backs of the houses will need clearing again later in the Spring.
Edging – to be included in the regular maintenance as other priorities allow. TA/JY
Central bed – the Cornus, Phlomis and other shrubs will need cutting back / pruning later in March or the beginning of April. Other regular maintenance will continue. BS/ AA
School bed – This area will be worked on regularly alongside the central bed. Plants, such as Ferns will be put there to try to discourage people from trampling on the bed. PB
Compstall Road –The next general maintenance session should be carried out in March. PB
Tubs – All the tubs have been tidyed, weeded and topped up with soil. The tub near the Carlton Avenue entrance, which Barbara is looking after, is much improved. More small plants are needed to brighten up the remaining tubs especially the ones near the gym equipment. JB
Gardening - Saturday 27 March and another date in March to be decided. PB/TA
Fun Day – The decision to postpone the Fun Day was revisited in the light of the government’s intention for all lockdown restrictions to have been raised by 21 June. For a variety of reasons, it was agreed that attempting to hold it on 26 June was not feasible this year but we would work towards having one in 2022.

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 4 May at 10.00. on Zoom, probably. The dates for the rest of the year are on the website.

Next gardening: Saturday 27 March 10.00 – 12.00

All welcome. Volunteers required.