Friends of the Park

(Vassals / Oldbury Court)

Anyone who loves the park is a Friend

The park belongs to everyone. We want to:

  • Learn about and share our park

  • Look after the park

  • Celebrate the past, present and future

  • Preserve, protect and improve the park

  • Make the most of the park

Who are we?
What do we do?

Although the Friends love our local park, there are many improvements we’d like to see. In the face of ongoing cuts to local authorities’ parks departments, services and maintenance have been steadily reduced to a minimum. We are doing what we can to help improve things by:

  • Contacting, meeting with and lobbying our local council and political representatives

  • Researching local needs and helping develop plans for the park, alongside other local groups and organisations

  • Fundraising for specific projects

  • Practical, hands-on work-parties to help clear undergrowth and improve condition and accessibility, as well as regular litter – picks around the park

  • Learning about the park – it’s histories, wildlife, ecology – and trying to share this through our website and (in the future, funding permitting) information boards for park users

  • Enabling, subsidising or sometimes running other activities in the park, such as guided walks , arts projects or other youth and community activities

How can you join?

It’s still early days – we are a new organisation with a long way to go. The group is open, evolving, flexible and will rely on the involvement of whoever is interested in having a part. Any and all interest is welcome. You can find our latest newsletters here and blog posts here

If you have fundraising ideas or contacts, please do get in touch.

If you would like to donate to the group yourself, please click here.

Other ways to support the group

Please get in touch using the contact form.