One of the Parks Developments Teams main aims is to create a self sustaining network of community groups working in partnership with the Council towards the regeneration of the boroughs parks and open spaces.
The establishment of Friends Groups is a relatively new development within Dudley and is rapidly gaining impetus within the community. Such groups work in partnership with the Council and parks staff in not only addressing current issues but also in looking to the long term regeneration and development of their local park.
As part of our philosophy in a working partnership with the parks, it is essential that we look to develop self sustaining groups which, after an initial period of high input in the establishment phase, are able to run with reduced support enabling staff to aid development in new areas of the Borough.
We have an online network for friends groups who link together called ‘Dudley Open Spaces Forum’. This enables local groups to share experiences, discuss common issues and exchange ideas about projects, events etc. Such links help to establish a further support network at a grass roots level, again enabling limited resources to be maximised.
A Friends Group is a number of interested local people coming together with the aim of improving the appearance, facilities, conservation value and safety of their local park or open space. People will become involved at the start who already care about this, you will inevitably attract new members as you go and start to achieve things.
This can be for any number of reasons, the main one being to do something positive about a park or open space. A friends group is an effective and recognised method of achieving this.
There are already a number of ‘Friends Groups’ in Dudley (some of whom can be seen below), who have each been running for a short time and may have different priorities for their areas, (there are no set goals for all groups, its what you want that counts). These groups to some extent have already achieved success and learned lessons from this process, and together with the Council and this pack, would be only too willing to advise you on some do’s and don’ts.
Mr Steve Briscoe (Chairperson)
Bumble Hole Conservation Group
Friends of Leasowes Park
Marianne Diller (Chair)
0121 422 7585
Mary Stevens Park
Councillor Heather Rogers (Chair)
Milking Bank Park,
Anita Wilkes (Chair Person)
Richard Johnson (Group Secretary)
Wall Heath Village People (Wall Heath Parks)
Michelle Preston (Chair)
Friends of Priory Park
Friends of Priory Park website
Wollescote Park Friends Group
Craig Lees ( Group Chair )
Friends of Hurst Green Park
Carol Hewitt (Chair)
Friends of Marsh Park & Lawyers Field
Lorna Morrison (Chair)
Friends of Silver Jubilee Park
Brenda Gittins (Chair
Friends of Homer Hill Park
Val Bloomer (Chair)