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.