WHITBY Park’s pond has been cleared of pond weed, litter and rubbish as part of its annual health and maintenance check.

Staff from Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Greenspace and Streetscene teams were joined by members of The Friends of Whitby Park to put on waders, grab a pitchfork and get stuck in to giving the area a facelift.

Cllr Brian Jones, who supported the team on the day, said:

“The pond is one of many focal points within Whitby Park and its important that we keep it free from litter, not only from a visual point of view for visitors but the resident wildlife as well.

“Staff and volunteers did a great job and managed to clear much of the marginal pond weed and a remarkable amount of debris and litter that had accumulated – ensuring a better environment for all who visit.”

The park has a range of facilities, including play area, sports pitches, bowling greens, tennis courts, multi-games court, climbing boulders, a pond, wildlife areas and a performance area. Community events are held on site by organisations including Whitby Park Friends.