Friends of eaton park

Friends of Eaton Park

Friends of Eaton Park was set up as an unincorporated association in November 2007. It is open to everyone who wants to help this lovely historic park thrive. We work with the park’s many user groups, Norwich City Council and others to promote use of the park, protect and enhance its environment and make it as accessible as possible.

The Friends meet in Eaton Park Community Centre at 7 pm on the last Thursday of the month except in February, August and December. The Annual General Meeting is in November. All are welcome to meetings but only members can vote.

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

Membership

It costs as little as £5 to join:

  • support our work helping Eaton Park thrive
  • 2-4 newsletters a year
  • invitation to annual Friends’ Crazy Golf and barbecue evening
  • get involved as much or as little as you like (see Volunteering below)

Click here for a membership form.

Volunteering

The Friends get involved in Eaton Park in many different ways. 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. 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: The first Thursday of the month we meet at 10am at the Friends Room in the Rotunda to spend a couple of hours doing gardening, cleaning etc. We start again on Thursday 2 March 2017.

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 info@friendsofeatonpark.co.uk

Donations

The Friends are currently fundraising to buy more new benches and to support biodiversity in the park through planting and other wildlife-friendly initiatives.

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

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