40-50 people turned up to find out exactly what ANTS are all about. Very simple. If you care about your beautiful park, lend a minute amount of your time to help beautify and maintain it. On 31st August and 1st September there will be a chance for Crewe residents to show potential sponsors that there is a collective will to do something positive. There will be identified tasks to be carried out - the repairing of benches, the tidying of paths and the weeding of borders - and, almost imperceptibly at first, there will be a blossoming of community spirit. There will be families enjoying themselves and there will be stuff getting done in an atmosphere of happiness and quiet determination. It is just the start and we all have a chance to say 'I was there'.
As a step forward the tree stumps around the park have been sawn into little bits so ANTS can then tidy the areas up and make it nice again.
One area for volunteers is a park wardens one of the big problems is illegal fishing at the moment they tend to break the fence on Burma Island and fish under the bridge. As people come onto the bridge to feed wildlife the kids still cast in the middle of them and its only a matter of time until they are hurt not only that they dont watch were they cast and it is only a matter of time before someone is hooked up.The other alleged problem is we have heard from some kids that being under the bridge its great fun to try and look up skirts. Even if people could only give an odd hour to be wardens and stop fishing and dogs off the lead. Often women will be better at this as most of the problems is with young children and mothers know how to deal with kids.
One of the baby swans has now been missing for over a week so we fear we have lost it. It could be a fox or a dog off the lead or it could have been caught by fishing line.