Astbury Mere Country Park is owned by Astbury Mere Trust and managed on their behalf by Cheshire East Ranger Service. There is an annual cost to the Trust for this, which runs into tens of thousands of pounds!
The Trust is a company limited by guarantee, with charitable status, and was established in 1989. In 2008 it finally managed to acquire majority land ownership.
Of the original members of the Astbury Mere Project Group, set up in 1988 to try and save the site and stop further development, we are extremely proud to say that several are still Trustees of Astbury Mere Trust Ltd. over a quarter of a Century later, and still play an active part in its day to day management.
Astbury Mere Trust is a Registered Charity, number 1007740, and relies on public donations to ensure the long term viability of Astbury Mere Country Park improve the enjoyment of the local community, and many thousands of visitors every year.
The Trust is constantly looking at ways to improve the Park and Visitor Centre, for example laying more paths, renewing the woodland, providing seating, and making the Park accessible for all.
The Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, and a haven for waterfowl. A path has been built around the lake that is wheelchair friendly, and is enjoyed by thousands of people all year round. Great views of the Cheshire Staffordshire borders, including Mow Cop, Cloud End and Congleton Edge, and the hills that lead to Buxton.
We have tried to make it easy to support us, on our JUst Giving page you can:
Increasing numbers of visitors to the country park is putting a strain on the Visitor Centre Toilets and they need some refurbishment to bring them back to an acceptable, reliable standard.
The Visitor Centre Toilets have not been updated since the centre opened back in the 1990s, increasing numbers of visitors with over 250,000 forecast in 2017 is putting an ever increasing strain on them and they are becoming shabby and unreliable. The Trust has looked into a complete refurbishment but this would lead to major disruption and would cost over £15,000, they have therefore decided to carry out a smaller update which will include:
This is estimated to cost in the region of £2000 and the aim of this campaign is to raise the necessary funds.
To minimise disruption the Trust intends starting the remedial work in parallel with the fund raising so the improvements should be seen soon.