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Simply B: Thanks again to everyone for making this such a successful CITO event. I'll be keeping in touch with the Cheshire East Rangers and will sort out another one for next year.


CITO Cheshire at The Carrs, Wilmslow

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Hidden : Saturday, 07 May 2011
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Here's a chance to make a real difference to a local beauty spot and have some fun as we do so. Come along and help at the annual litter pick organised by voluntary group the Friends of the Carrs. If you feel like it, you will also get the chance to bash away at some of the invasive Himalayan balsam!

Meeting point: Wilmslow Parish Hall, Cliff Road, Wilmslow SK9 4AA (the published coordinates)
Date: Saturday 7th May 2011
Start time: 2:00 pm
End time: 4:00 pm

Please post your 'Will attend' log with numbers of adults and children so that I can keep tabs on how many cachers will be coming along. I look forward to meeting you on the day. The Friends will provide all necessary instruction and equipment to us on arrival. (In case you're wondering, I'm not a member and have only just discovered this group myself.) Just come along suitably dressed for the weather and the job at hand. We can decide on the day whether to mix in with everyone else or form our own specific 'hit squad'!

About the Carrs

The Carrs is a park in the heart of Wilmslow that follows the course of the River Bollin through the town. It features beautiful woodland and riverside walks, and has attractions including a playground, skateboard and football park, tennis courts and of course several geocaches (none of them published by me, yet...). As a natural park in an urban setting it suffers from a constant battle against litter, and more recently the Friends have also started to fight back against the Himalayan balsam that is spreading fast and choking out more native species.

The word 'Carrs' derives from the Norse 'Kjarr' meaning 'meadow recovered from bog' and so identifies not only the original state of the land but also its subsequent use, as pasture land for the villagers to graze their cattle. The park that we enjoy today began to take shape in 1925 when Henry Boddington of Pownall Hall donated the eponymous Playing Fields (a gift commemorated on the stone archway in Chancel Lane). The 1935 purchase by former Wilmslow Urban District Council of the remaining land up to Twinnies Bridge brought the parkland to 50 acres and established The Carrs as the town's playground.

For more details visit the Friends of the Carrs website, which gives general information, news and history, and a great photo gallery.

The images below are from this event:

Balsam bashing

Litter picking

Caption competition

Heading back for ice cream, after a job well done. (Apologies to those missed off this photo. That includes me, of course.)

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