Having key policy documents agreed is important for Friends Groups. This article shares six useful examples which you can download for free.
Starting a Friends Group
Just as our neighbourhoods need residents’ groups and associations, so our parks need ‘Friends’! Its all about taking ‘ownership’ of our lives, our local facilities and our areas, and working together to improve where we live.
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 […]
Ladder of Participation Which description from the list below best fits how your Group feels? This looks specifically at the levels of consultation your group is offered; for the site as a whole or for part of the site. In Control – You run your site or the parts of it you want toKey Partner […]
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.
What does a strong and diverse Friends group look like and why is it important?
The Bromley Park Friends Toolkit provides guidance and information to help you find the appropriate place or person to solve problems in or associated with your green space, whether rural or urban. It does not attempt to prescribe how or what every Friends Group should do, the intention is to provide a starting point for “how do I?”
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.
In 2018 planning permission was sought to develop the Green Belt site as a training centre for Salford City Football Club. The Campaign to Save Turn Moss was successful and the campaigners formed Friends of Turn Moss to ensure the site was improved for the benefit of all the users.