Oak Meadow is the small woodland park just off Station Road which has undergone a major renovation over the past 7 years.
I first became aware of the park when considering a location for my sons memorial bench. My son Karl and his friend James sadly died after a fatal car crash on Gilbent Road in 1999 aged 18 and we wanted somewhere local and peaceful where his friends could go and just spend some time. Oak Meadow seemed a perfect location except, at that stage, it looked totally unloved. So I joined the Oak Meadow Focus Group.
We are a voluntary group of about 8 members including myself, members from Stockport Regeneration, Stockport Parks, local business people and residents.
Our vision was to improve the park so that it would be used more by residents and maybe even become a centre piece for Cheadle Hulme village, encouraging community events and activities.
A lot of time is provided free by volunteers but funding is also needed. So far, in excess of £50,000 has been raised from sources such as The National Lottery, Manchester Airport, The Arts Council and local government grants.
This has been used for various projects, including
We have also installed the old millwheel from Cobden House (the office block that preceded Waitrose) in the central seating area.
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