Having a Management Plan of some sort is vital if there is any ambition for the site to be improved from its current condition. If the park is just a patch of grass that the Council are going to continue cutting in the same way as they always have along with maybe emptying bins and picking up litter occasionally then it probably isn’t needed, but for anything more, there should be one.
Fruit and Nut Village are an organisation that was set up between Lets Grow Together and Food Forest Brum. They bring together pre-existing fruit trees in the area, adding nut groves into them, creating different ways for fruit trees to be grown in the area.
Edgbaston Reservoir is a 70-acre site, situated in Ladywood, less than two miles from the City centre. It is a designated Local Nature Reserve and a site of historic importance. The group are keen to guard against any developments which could be detrimental to the whole ethos of a very special place.
This ‘PASSPORT TO SUCCESS’ is an excellent list of key aims for green space volunteer groups to aim for, with thanks to Nesta UK Persistence don’t give up – have a clear idea of what you want to achieve and have passion for it tooAdvocacy – maintain independence – speak up for all the different […]
The group started in 2011 because Cannock Chase Council wanted to gain a Heritage Lottery bid, which they achieved. The council assisted by The Friends of Hednesford Park successfully obtained a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant of £2.2M as part of the improvements to the park and war memorial.
Friends of Broadwaters are a group of some 60 members who help manage the park at Broadwaters which covers an area of 2.022 hectares. Located on the outskirts of Kidderminster, it hosts the Broadwaters Annual Fair and Christmas Fair. The Friends group was formed eighteen years ago, following a project instigated by Wyre Forest District Council, and supported by the Local Heritage Initiative.
Friends of East Rugby Group (FERG) have been going a couple of years. The Friends took on a little local park because it was becoming a very anti-social park, yet it had a nice area for the children to play. There were drug problems on the site and it was becoming generally rundown and neglected, thankfully the Council help the group and support them with their mission to make the park feel welcome and loved again.
A fantastic well-researched guide with links to help any Friends groups apply for grants or funding. Written by Groundwork UK and shared with permission on the Park Community UK website.
Lordship Rec is Tottenham’s largest public park. Friends of Lordship Rec (FoLR) were awarded £4 million funding to help transform it into a beautiful space for everyone to use.
Dukes Meadows is a 170-acre site which was pretty derelict 20 years ago. The community and volunteers helped regenerate the site into a lovely thriving park.