Residents enjoying their own spot of Paradise

Organisers of the family fun day and launch of 'Friends' group at Paradise Park, Leyland
Organisers of the family fun day and launch of 'Friends' group at Paradise Park, Leyland

Twenty people have now joined a new Friends of Paradise Park group in Leyland – which last week had just one member!

A family fun day was held at the Moss Side park on Wednesday to help attract people to the area and volunteer to help spruce it up.

Resident Anne Kneale, of the nearby Ashfields estate, was the first ‘friend’ to show an interest in reviving the neglected park, and approached South Ribble Council and Lancashire County Council for help.

After holding the well-attended event, organised also by the The Conservation Volunteers which gives local people the resources to look after their hometown’s open spaces, Anne has been joined by a further 19 people who can see the large park’s potential.

“It was a very successful day,” she said. “As well as the 19 people who signed up for the Friends group, we heard about more people who weren’t able to make it, but who are willing to help us in future.

“All sorts of good things came out of it. People put points on a map of the park to show which areas they like and which parts they don’t like, and came up with suggestions for improvements.

“One idea is to create more benches so older people can enjoy the park and have a sit down in the nice surroundings, and some people want a small play area too.

“Just some swings or a climbing frame would be enough to encourage more parents to use Paradise Park.”

The first step is to organise a clean-up among and see how the project progresses.

The fun day also included a birds of prey display, a woodworking workshop, bee keeping demonstration, a pedal powered smoothie maker, apple press, bug hunt, bird box building, face painting and a guided walk of the park.

- For more pictures from the event, see this week’s Leyland Guardian.