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Shirley Park set to be shown in all its glory in 2020 calendar

Sarah Mason 19th Nov, 2019 Updated: 19th Nov, 2019

SHIRLEY Park is set to be shown in all its glory in a new calendar for 2020, which hopes to raise funds for projects at the park.

Over the past 12 months members of the Friends Of Shirley Park Facebook page have risen to the challenge to capture the beauty of the Stratford Road park.

Each month more than 1,100 members were given the chance to get out and about and submit pictures in the hope they would be crowned as winner for that month.

Images included showing the war memorial surrounded by poppies at night, misty mornings in the winter and the park in full bloom during the summer.

Helena Morrissey, chair of Friends of Shirley Park, said: “The idea was to get more people into the park, exploring it and taking pictures to showcase what a beautiful outdoor space we all have on our doorstep.

“There were a range of pictures in the summer we could see the park in full bloom and other seasons people captured and this lovely oasis.

“We received many many beautiful photos and choosing the winner each month was very difficult and we now have 12 stunning photos of our beautiful park.

“The park sometimes gets a bad press – so it’s great to be able to show the park off in its full glory.”

Copies of the calendar will cost £6 and proceeds will go towards future projects the group will hold.

Helena told The Observer several projects are lined up for next year for the group, from installing accessible picnic benches for those in wheelchairs and pushchairs, to planting bulbs and litter picking.

She also revealed plans in the pipeline to create a outdoor classroom at the park which would be available to school and community groups.

She said some of the funds from the calendar could go to this but plans are still in the early stages.

The calendars will be on sale at Shirley Christmas lights switch on event on December 1 in Parkgate, by contacting the group’s Facebook page or emailing friendsofshirleypark@outlook.com.

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