Fundraising success for greenspaces thanks to Friends

Published Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Community groups working to improve parks and open spaces have been thanked for helping to secure £430,000 for improvements to green spaces.

Friends of parks groups, allotment associations and delegated sports managers continue to work in partnership with the council and idverde, the council’s greenspace partner, to secure a range of grants and other funding for green spaces across the borough.  The £430,000 was raised in 2016/17, with the celebratory event also an opportunity to share fundraising and improvement ideas.

“We have a stunning array of parks and greenspaces right across the borough, including urban and rural locations, large and small.  We are proud to have an exceptionally large number of Friends of Parks groups in this borough. With idverde to support them, helping them with inspirational ideas and together through sheer hard work we are making a massive difference to so many of our much loved greenspaces.  On behalf of us all, I would like to thank each and every Friends of a Park member for their support, which applies to the borough’s allotment associations and sports managers too” said Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment.

Councillor Huntington-Thresher added, “Every week there are volunteers working in our parks and greenspaces, if you are interested in getting involved in your local park, have a look online and get in touch.  The involvement of the Friends helps ensure each park meets local priorities and that the borough is a great place to live. There is a group near you which would welcome your support and together, we can and indeed are making a difference.”

Attendees heard from Friends of Winsford Gardens (also known as Penge Green Gym Community Group), which is a smaller greenspace in Penge, where volunteers have secured over £15,000 of external income since their formation for a range of improvements to this greenspace, including a recent Tesco’s Bags of Help grant to create a pond and a dry gravel garden.  The Orpington and District Archaeological Society (ODAS) also shared how plans to apply for grant funding to help with conservation works could protect some of the remaining brickwork of the medieval Moated Manor, which lies in the heart of the 300 acre Scadbury nature reserve.

Residents interested in becoming part of a friends group or allotment association should contact the council's Landscape Helpdesk on 0300 303 8658 or find out more at


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