Picnic in the Park with your Chinley friends

THE Friends of Chinley Park (FOCP) are holding their annual Picnic in the Park family fun event this weekend and they would like to invite the local community to join them.

Being held on Saturday, July 2, the day starts at 12pm and there will be face painters, an environmental-themed workshop hosted by High Peak Community Arts, a children’s ladybug hunt, a raffle and a plant swap stall.

Now in its third successful year, the Picnic in the Park is organised by the FOCP as the opportunity to bring people together to celebrate a site of natural beauty.

Alfresco diners will also have the chance to make and take home their own wooden bird or bug boxes with the help of the National Trust.

Located at the top of Stubbins Lane, Chinley Park is just one of seven Local Nature Reserve (LNR) sites in the High Peak.

To help visitors discover why the park has been awarded LNR status, as well as news of forthcoming developments, there will also be an information stall at the free event.

A nature trail for the park, designed by FOCP, will make its first appearance at the event.

Picnickers will be able to trial the guide, and their feedback and suggestions will help towards the creation of the park’s first permanent nature guide.

The event starts at 12pm on Saturday July 2 and will continue until 3pm.

Chinley Park can be reached from Stubbins Lane or via the railway bridge on Lower Lane, Chinley.