Fundraising success for greenspaces
PUBLISHED: 12:59 13 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:59 13 March 2018
Several community groups have been working to improve parks and open spaces across Bromley, and 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 spaces across the borough.
Idverde organised a celebratory event which allowed for an ‘ideas swoop’, thereby inspiring other groups to take action too.
The money was raised throughout 2016/17, with the celebratory event also an opportunity to share fundraising and improvement ideas.
Cllr William Huntington-Thresher, executive cllr for environment, said: “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.”
Attendees heard from Friends of Winsford Gardens (also known as Penge Green Gym Community Group), 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 www.bromley.gov.uk/parks.