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News from the Committee

As you may recall from my update in March, the FoGH committee faced some unexpected challenges earlier this year. However, I can now report that we've emerged from this period and I'd like to share some changes.

After many years of dedicated service, commitment and voluntary hours in the Park, Jane Melville is standing down as Membership Secretary. Jane was a founding member of this group and has worked tirelessly to support the Park, the Friends group and the many events we hold. We would like to formally thank Jane for her dedication and hard work over the past 13 years.

Her position on the committee is going to be taken over by Clare Kelly, who masterfully organised the successful April Dog Show and many other popular FoGH events. Clare's organisational skills and dedication are a fantastic asset to the FoGH team, and we look forward to her contributions in this important role.

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Our events so far this year have all been successful, including the start of our Green Team projects, with volunteers kitted out in our new RTW In Bloom t-shirts. Join us on Saturday 8th June for our next project, replanting the baskets around the hub railings. All these baskets were purchased by FoGH and are looked after by volunteers.

In April we were pleased to see the water bottle filling station moved to the grassy area by Auckland Road gates, which we always felt was its ideal location. We were also glad when the wetland bridge repairs were finished, and we continue to liaise with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council about park maintenance. We understand several diseased trees have had to be cut down, or trimmed back, this spring.

Hopefully in the summer some of the logs will be moved into the community orchard to replace the seating installed in 2015. The orchard looked beautiful when the blossom was out, and we have spotted yellow rattle flowers, which we planted last autumn with Kent High Weald Partnership, the first stage in our wildflower meadow project.

Carolyn Gray: FoGH Chair

June 2024

Previous Reports

  • News from the Committee - December 2023

The Friends of Grosvenor & Hilbert Park

FoGH was set up in 2011. Our key focus is to enhance the quality of life for our community; raise awareness of ecology; and encourage the local community to take an interest in the conservation of the Park. Our work takes many forms, from family events, talks, walks and gardening, to ecological projects, such as rewilding the orchard.

Find the Park

Our Park has several access points. Use the postcode TN1 2HU to get to the entrance in Auckland Road. For the Hilbert Road entrance, near the Oast House, use TN2 3SF. All parking for the Park is on residential streets, there is no car park.

Useful Contacts

To report an incident to Kent Police in Grosvenor and Hilbert Park

  • Emergency: dial 999
  • Non-emergency: dial 101

Other contacts

  • Council Parks Department: 01892 554031

To hire The Hub please contact the council to check for availability and instructions by sending an email to parksteam [at] tunbridgewells.gov.uk or by phoning 01892 554031

  • Friends of Grosvenor & Hilbert Park: chair [at] fogh.org.uk

Please note there is a defibrillator at the Hub, if needed phone 999 to get the access code and assistance when using it.

Email the chair of FoGH
Email TWBC to book the Hub

What's On in the Park

Below are our upcoming events, there are more details on our full events page.

Kent High Weald Volunteer Day: Alien Invasion

Wed 24th July: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hilbert Gates / The Oast / Folly Shaw

This is a volunteer activity day and will include some physical work to further improve the look of the park.

Kent High Weald run regular volunteer days to help preserve the high standard of the park's natural resources.
 

A Damselfly & Dragonfly Celebration

Sat 27th July: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Hub

Join Ian Beavis for an illustrated talk in the Hub and a walk around the lake, wetland & streams to search for the colourful dragonflies & damselflies that live in the Park.

This is a ticketed event, with limited spaces, these can be purchased (£2.00) from our Ticket Tailor account.

 

Also coming soon - for more details check our full events page.

31 Jul: Native Trees and Ancient Woodland in the Park
10 Aug: Moth Identification Morning
18 Aug: FoGH Green Team: Orchard Pruning
29 Aug: Park Safari with Dr Ian Beavis
8 Sep: Pond Dipping
15 Sep: Heritage Open Days: The Swimming Pool
5 Oct: Apple Day
26 Oct: Halloween Crafts
2 Nov: Fungal Foray
9 Nov: FoGH Quiz with Fish & Chips
 

Get Involved in the Park

The are two ways you can get involved with the park.

Join the Friends

We are a volunteer-run group that relies on donations from events and membership fees. By signing up and joining the Friends you will help fund our work and put on community events in the park.

Follow the link and sign-up on line.

Volunteer

Alternatively or additionally you might like to volunteer to undertake tasks around the park. We regularly hold weeding and planting event and there's always litter picking.

Simply sign up to our volunteer newsletter and we will tell you when something suitable is planned.