On Saturday morning, April 14th, Poynton’s attractive and colourful Heritage Garden, was officially opened by Mr Theo Eaves, one of Poynton’s distinguished Second World War veterans, and he did a great job. Before cutting the ribbon with Poynton’s Town Mayor, Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore, alongside, Theo gave a fascinating, eloquent and entertaining address about Poynton’s history, and insights into the many years he has lived in Poynton. He described the Garden as a peaceful place, set apart from Poynton’s busy traffic, a colourful and tranquil space for everyone to enjoy.
The idea for a garden to be constructed in the former empty and barren area between the Library and Priorslegh originally featured as part of the discussions concerning the reconfiguration of the Library and the Civic Hall. In late 2015 Poynton Town Council gave its support to the garden project and permission was obtained from the landowners, Cheshire East Borough Council. A Heritage Garden volunteer working group met regularly, comprising representatives from Poynton in Bloom, Poynton Rotary, the Anson Museum, Projects 4 Poynton, the Library and the Town Council. The Group successfully applied for funding from Poynton Town Council, Cheshire East Council, the Poynton Show, Tesco, Rotary District 1285, Poynton Round Table, Waitrose, Poynton and District Rotary Club and the People’s Postcode Lottery. A permanent plaque recognising these contributors, as well as the main contractors and many individuals otherwise involved can be seen at the front of the raised bed. A number of ideas continue to be discussed to further develop the Garden, including the installation of a heritage-themed centre piece for the raised bed.
Meanwhile volunteers are always welcome to help with new planting and maintenance of the Heritage Garden. Names and contact details of those willing to assist can be left with Civic Hall or Library staff.