Residents living on Stanney Oaks housing estate near Cheshire Oaks have been busy improving the look of their neighbourhood.

Earlier this year Bud Boelhouwer set up a Facebook group for ‘The Friends of Stanney Oaks’ which was aimed at like-minded residents who wanted to keep the estate a tidy and well-maintained place to live. The group now has 260 members many of who regularly attend volunteering sessions to help improve and tidy the area.

The youngest volunteer is under 10 and the oldest over 70 and more than 25 volunteers have so far given more than 200 hours to help out.

Activities have ranged from clearing litter, weeding and removing overgrown grass from the main paths through the estate.

During the sessions neighbours have kept the volunteers fed and watered by supplying drinks and snacks.

MP Justin Madders has even joined in to contribute with some hard ‘Labour’.

Labour MP for Ellesmere Port Justin Madders helping the Friends of Stanney Oaks residents group

The group recently entered and won a photographic competition and have used the £35 prize money to buy 750 bulbs which have been planted around the estate ready for the spring.

Bud said: “It has been great working as volunteers on our estate this year, we feel that all our efforts have made a significant improvement in our living environment.

“With close cooperation with POS Landcare and the Council we are confident that we can maintain this standard going forward. Moreover, if we can successfully apply for some grants we will even further improve the appearance of the estate.”