The Friends of Grovelands Park, Winchmore Hill, N21
Grovelands Park has an active Friends of Park Group that meet regularly to discus issues relevant to the park and its future development. Anyone with an interest in the park can attend.
What is a Friends of Park group?
It is a group of interested local people who come together as critical friends, working with the council with the aim of improving the appearance, facilities, conservation value and safety of their local park.
Some areas of involvement for the group can be:
• Ensuring that the voice of the local community is heard in relation to the management of the park and improvement of park facilities.
• To offer constructive criticism of parks services.
• Practical tasks such as Litter picking and tree planting.
• Raising awareness of conservation issues.
• Organising events and giving talks.
• Running the Visitors and Information Centres in the park.
• Fundraising for improvements and events in parks.
• Assisting in the marketing of park services and events.
• Acting as the interface between the London Borough of Enfield and the wider local community.
• Developing partnerships with local business and voluntary groups.
Community involvement is a very important aspect of achieving and maintaining high standards within Enfield’s parks. It is a major factor in our efforts to win Green Flag Awards. The development, facilitation and support of Friends of Park Groups are key to effective community involvement.
Friends Groups were first developed in 1995 and there are currently 19 Friends of Parks / Open Spaces Groups.
What can Friends Groups expect from the Local Authority?
• The opportunity to be involved in the maintenance and development of their park.
• Recognition and acknowledgement of the needs and aspirations of users, partners and stakeholders.
• Ongoing clearly defined support from a named Outreach Officer and the wider Outreach Team, not minute taking or billposting.
• The attendance of an Outreach Officer, Grounds Maintenance Team Manager and a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) at Friends Group Meetings.
• Easier access to the Council and other key external contacts.
• An annual opportunity to apply for funding for approved projects from a £10k council fund.
• Assistance to identify and apply for external funding sources.
• To be actively listened to and for views to be taken on board and respected.