New statue brings a touch of magic to village park

Alderley Edge park has a new Merlin the Wizard statue, which is located in the flower bed close to the bandstand.

The Alderley May Fair Committee have take over the maintenance of the bed and Liz and Paul Marshall discovered Merlin at the garden centre whilst selecting the silver and purple planting palette.

The Alderley Edge May Fair then purchased the Wizard and it's now cemented in place on a stone plinth in the flower bed where it is intended to be a permanent exhibit and will hopefully be feature of interest when the North West In Bloom Judges visit the park as part of the judging route on Tuesday 2nd July.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Kelvin Briggs
Monday 20th May 2019 at 2:43 pm
The bed looks stunning and great that The Alderley Edge Mayfair Committee have taken it on after years of great sponsorship from Wienholts.

By comparison , the large bed across the path by the bandstand looks neglected, partly over grown with weeds.

At the May Fair numerous young people just walked over it oblivious to the fact it’s a flower bed. Waste bins were actually positioned within it.

Great if Cheshire East/ Ansa Services can make a feature of the bed as the park is on the route when the North West In Bloom Judges visit 2 July.
Craig Browne
Monday 20th May 2019 at 5:27 pm
Hi Kelvin,

It is indeed good news that the May Fair committee have taken on the maintenance of this flower bed; however, your observations regarding the large bed opposite are also valid. A number of residents also contacted me about this in the run up to the recent election.

Following a meeting with officers from ANSA (Parks Maintenance) last Friday, I am pleased to confirm that three new raised beds will be created on the plot, with a grassed footpath allowing people to walk between them without damaging the plants.

Last autumn, the Parish Council purchased a large number of perennials, but unfortunately some of these have not survived the winter; those that have survived will shortly be lifted and taken into safe storage, so that the new beds can be constructed.

Once the raised beds have been constructed, the surviving plants will be returned and hopefully the area will begin to take on the appearance we had originally hoped for. Whether it will all be complete by 2nd July I cannot be sure, but we will try our best.

Officers are currently working on a sketch of the plans, which I will share in due course.

Kind regards,