Archive for March, 2010

Marbury Country Park Nominated for Best Picnic Site Award


Vote for Marbury!

We are delighted that Marbury Country Park has been nominated to participate in Britain’s Best Picnic Site Award.

The search for the best site is made up of two ’rounds’.  The UK has been split into ten regions, with 10 sites shortlisted for each region.  Marbury Country Park has been nominated as one of the top ten picnic sites in the North West.  Between 15th March and Friday 23rd April, people around the country are asked to vote for their favourite picnic site.

On Monday 3rd May, the results will be counted and the regional winner will be named best Picnic Site in the North West and will receive a £500 bursary towards maintenance of the site.

The ten winning regional sites will then go head to head for the chance of being awarded the accolade of Britain’s Best Picnic Site and will receive an additional £500 and a plaque.

Help make sure we become recognised as Britain’s Best Picnic Site.  Vote for Marbury Country Park on the National Bread Week microsite at

Consultation for New Play Facilities at Marbury


Parks Project Officer Mary Lavery and Ranger Chris Moseley of the Green Spaces Team, Cheshire West and Chester Council are working on improvements for play at Marbury.

They have undertaken some initial consultation with local schools and held a general consultation session on Sunday 21 March 12.30 – 2.30pm in the park to get the wider communities views so the scheme could be developed.  They are looking at creating additional facilities adjacent to the current play area as well as some smaller pieces located along one of the main pathways.  FoAM members were invited to the consultation session and several were able to attend.

Mary was very pleased with the session at Marbury and spoke to more than 100 visitors in the play area.  She collected 64 completed feedback forms on the day (with a further 8 forms since) and says this has given her plenty of information about ideas and what people like and don’t like. 

Plans for the scheme are now in the Rangers’ Office and will be there until around the 9th April.  So, there is still time to call in and complete the short form to make known any thoughts you may have on the scheme if you haven’t already done so.

Details of the consultation are available here.

Bat Talk


Mike Freeman of the Cheshire Bat Group gave a very enjoyable talk at Comberbach Memorial Hall on 22 March on the different bats that live in Marbury Country Park.  The talk  was very well received by the audience and Mike illustrated it with some excellent slides, particularly those showing bats in flight.

We look forward to Mike returning later in the year, when he will lead a bat walk around Marbury.