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Friends of parks

Williamson Park play area

Williamson Park play area

This guide has been developed to help groups and/or individuals interested in setting up a 'Friends of Parks' group in the Lancaster district.

It explains the basic stages of starting up a Friends of Parks group, from writing a constitution to promoting your group and its projects.

What is a 'Friends of Parks' group?

Friends of Parks groups play a vital role in protecting and enhancing local parks, woodlands, play areas and green spaces in the area. Working in partnership with the council, they give residents a greater say in what goes on in their local park.

What do they do?

The groups volunteer their time and energy to get involved with a huge range of different projects including:

• Fundraising for improvements and events in the park
• Enhancing biodiversity (eg creating wildflower meadows)
• Practical tasks like clean-ups and tree planting
• Improving access
• Contributing to the planning and management of the park
• Leading walks and talks
• Producing promotional and educational resources

What to do next

Download our Guide to setting up a Friends Group (PDF 317K)

As well as full details about how to set up a group, the guide includes a list of useful contacts, a Friends registration form and a sample constitution.

Keep us informed

Return your completed Friends Group registration form to let us know you have set up a group. This allows us to keep you informed of planned activities, and send you relevant information on grants, training events and site visits.

Contacts

Contact:

Helen Ryan

Email:

hryan@lancaster.gov.uk

Telephone:

01524 582822

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