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Friends of Grosvenor & Hilbert Park

Volunteers Make A Big Difference To Our Park


Volunteers play an incredibly important role in the park, not just helping at events, but taking part in gardening and maintenance activities and also helping survey wildlife. Did you know that volunteers planted 7000 bulbs in the park in 2017? And that volunteers built the boardwalk through roundabout woods? And, of course, without the work of many volunteers the annual Family Fun Day just wouldn't be possible.

Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) ends in 2019 and with it the role of the Community Engagement Officer (CEO) in the park. The Friends are looking for ways to continue the excellent work begun by the CEO. By broadening our pool of volunteers we hope that we can carry on with some of the activities and events set up by the CEO over the past five years.

Opportunities come in all shapes and sizes

We’ve split the tasks we need help with into different categories (detailed below). To register your interest simply fill in the form (on the right of this page) and tick the areas that appeal to you. We will then send you a tailored newsletter to keep you posted on what’s coming up in the park, and the kind of help we need.

To join us, you don’t need any previous experience; there will be people there to help you. Some of the volunteer activities involve physical work, but many don’t - there are a broad range of opportunities across the park.

There are no age limits. However, if you are aged 16 to 18 we will need your parent’s written permission. All children (under 16) must be accompanied by an adult.

Below is more information on the areas we need extra pairs of hands (or two).

Gardening

The park plays an active role in Tunbridge Wells in Bloom. A key part of this work is planting and watering the hanging baskets round the playground and bowling green. We also take part in some general weeding and litter picking. These activities are a great way to get outdoors, without having to take on strenuous work.

Surveying wildlife

We regularly survey the wildlife to keep track of biodiversity in the park. We survey monthly for birds and seasonally for bees, butterflies, flowers, and aquatic invertebrates in the wetlands. Our surveys involve following a route round the park and noting down what’s been found (taking pictures where possible).

As well as giving an understand of the local picture, this data is used in national surveys, such as the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch, or the Great British Bee Survey in the summer. It helps to track trends and chart increases and declines in populations nationwide.

If you are interested in wildlife, this activity is a great way to get a little bit more from your walk in the park.

Family and community events

We rely on volunteers to make our community events like Halloween and Apple Day a success. For our biggest event, the family fete on the first May Bank Holiday, we need lots of people at different times during the day. Tasks vary from event to event; they range from manning a gate for an hour at the fete, to explaining the Easter egg trail to families on Easter Sunday. Your small commitment will make a big difference.

Park maintenance work

We currently hold regular volunteer task days to tackle jobs that help maintain the park’s natural landscaped beauty. You can help with conservation, gardening, and maintenance. The projects range from scrub clearance and coppicing in the winter, to managing the wetland area and strimming in the summer.

Refreshments and baking

We serve refreshments at many of our events, from mulled wine at the carol service to teas and coffees at the dog show. Every year, at the family fete, the Friends run a cake stall. We need donations of delicious home-baked goodies to make this stall a success. If you would like to help prepare and service refreshment, or think you can donate a cake, biscuits or other piece of baked brilliance, tick the box below.

Admin support

We also need help with admin, adding survey details to spreadsheets, or helping send out emails. If you want to help, but don’t feel confident with people, this is a great way to get involved.

Sign-up for our volunteer newsletter

Enter your email address and tick the boxes that interest you on the form in the right hand column. You’re not committing to helping, you’re just signing up to receive information about volunteering opportunities.

We will send you an email asking you to opt into the newsletter, once you have clicked the link you’ll be on our mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time.

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Sign up to our volunteer newsletter and find out about opportunities available to help in the park. Tick the types of activity you’re interested in and, from time to time, we’ll send you a tailored newsletter to let you know how you can get involved.

What type of events are you interested in helping with? This will enable us to ensure you only get details of relevant events and activities.

Gardening
Surveying Wildlife
Family & Community Events
Park Maintenance
Refreshments & Baking
Admin Support

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