Pride in work with park team

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FOUR adults with special needs have spent eight weeks lavishing some TLC on a popular High Peak park as part of a major regeneration scheme.

The adults from Alderbrook Day Centre, Chinley, worked with High Peak Borough Council’s park ranger and parks team to clear vegetation from Whaley Bridge Memorial Park.

County council spokesman Peter Lynch said the service users had enjoyed being away from the centre and had loved meeting people from the local community. “They’re proud of the results of their hard work. And the scheme has given them relevant work experience they can refer to when seeking employment,” he added.

Improvements underway include restoration of the war memorial and introduction of a new play area and park furniture.

The revitalisation is being managed by the borough council, which secured more than £400,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund Parks for People.

The adults from Alderbrook Day Centre have also helped the borough council and Whaley Bridge Town Council to clear land around Brookfield Pond Nature Reserve, in Reservoir Road.