Friends of eaton park

Friends of Eaton Park

Friends of Eaton Park is a new kind of group that exists to help this great Norwich park thrive. It is open to anyone who loves Eaton Park and wants to help us in our work. We work with the park’s many user groups, Norwich City Council and others to promote Eaton Park and the good things going on here. We organise heritage, conservation and planting activities and raise funds for these and for things such as benches and ping pong tables for the park. We also offer enjoyable and rewarding ways for local people to get involved in helping Eaton Park thrive.

We are currently fundraising to install a boulodrome – or a terraine for playing boules or petanque. The new facility will be located behind the café, between the outdoor ping pong tables and the floodlit tennis courts.

Friends of Eaton Park – edited highlights

  • 2007: Constitution adopted. Friday Health Walks begin.
  • 2008: Thousands of local people attend an Open Day celebrating the park’s 80th anniversary. Friends website set up. 50 people attend a moth hunt at the bandstand. BBC Breathing Spaces grant pays for a wildlife audit from of the park by Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Successful lobbying for bike racks in the park.
  • 2009: Bulb planting and first litter picking. A park user survey highlights the need for improved information on what goes on in the park. A second notice board is installed. The Friends take on looking after the bandstand flowerbeds.
  • 2010: Facebook and Twitter set up. 50 people attend a talk by Andy Anderson on the park. Eaton Park takes part in Heritage Open Days.
  • 2011:The Friends win Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership’s ‘Community Biodiversity Award’. Recycled tubs planted up and installed in the Train Station and Community Centre.
  • 2012: Darren Leader Studio designs the Friends a logo and leaflet. Fundraising activities are organised to coincide with summer band days.
  • 2013: Norwich City Council offers the Friends a room as a base in the rotunda. Audit and cleaning of park benches. Two outdoor ping pong tables and new wooden bench installed. Six fruit trees planted as part of John Lewis anniversary celebrations.
  • 2014: Grants from East of England Coop, Norfolk Community Foundation and Active Norfolk. Tuesday morning ‘Ground Force’ sessions established. Meadow development begins in earnest. Three new wooden benches paid and installed beside the boat pond.
  • 2015 New website launched. Links established with Bluebell Primary School.  Eight bird boxes and two bat boxes installed on trees near the meadow. Biodiversity Plan written and signed off with Norwich City Council officers. 200 young trees planted to reinforce the hedge along the South Park Avenue edge of the pitch and putt.
  • 2016 Spring plant sales prove popular. Re-planting of the bandstand flower beds and lavenders beside the boat pond. Way-marked running track opens. The Café opens under new management – the Friends help with recruitment. Three new benches designed and made by Andrew Smith installed beside the model railway. Partnerships with Bluebell School and Heritage Open Days developing well. Goundwork done for rooftop tours to start in 2017. Over 800 people attend the Friends’ first carol concert, organised with Eaton Park Café and Norwich Community Choir.

1407 Green Flag award


It costs as little as £5 to join:

  • support our work helping Eaton Park thrive
  • 2-4 newsletters a year
  • One or more Friends get-togethers a year
  • get involved as much or as little as you like (see Volunteering below)
  • discounted annual household membership of Norwich Parks Tennis @ Eaton Park (£15 instead of £30. Email for details).

Click here for a membership form.


The Friends get involved in Eaton Park in many different ways. If you decide to join we will send you a list of options for you to chose from.

Here are some of things we help out with:

  • gardening – dead heading, weeding and watering
  • cleaning – benches, signs and litter picking
  • gathering and planting wildflower seeds and plug plants for the meadow
  • bring and buy sales to raise funds
  • art, heritage or wildlife walks and activities

Ground Force: We provide ‘icing on the cake’ help to compliment the work done by the Norwich Norse (Environmental) Ltd who maintain the grounds, hedges and flower beds so beautifully. We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 10am at the Friends Room in the Rotunda to spend a couple of hours doing gardening, cleaning etc. 2017 dates: 6 & 20 April, 4 May, 1 June, 6 July, 3 August, 7 Sept, 5 Oct, 2 Nov.

Ground Force

Band days: For several band days each summer we organise a bring-and-buy stall.

If you think you’d like to get involved, email us


The Friends are currently fundraising to install a terrain for playing boules, or petanque. We also work with Norwich City council to encourage people to fund benches in the park. In the last four years individual donations and Friends’ fundraising have paid for or facilitated thirteen new benches in the park.

If you would like to make a donation please email There are various options and we’ll be happy to talk through ideas with you.

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