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Volunteer Weekend Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 September 2021 10.00-16.00

FoWP volunteers are looking for help, even just for an hour, to assist in their on-going work to develop Westminster Park for the benefit of humans and wildlife in agreement with the CW&C parks officers.

Plans for the Volunteer Weekend include:

  • Digging a wildlife pond
  • Sowing wildflower areas (after removing turf)
  • Clearing brambles and creating habitat piles
  • Gardening on the formal beds, planting, weeding, pruning
  • Bulb planting and much more.

It’s a great range of activities for families and for people of all abilities – there will also be a chance to hear about the projects in more detail and how they will benefit our local wildlife.

If anyone can bring their own tools or bits of kit that would also be brilliant:

  • barrows
  • saws
  • loppers
  • spades
  • trowels

Whatever you bring, please also ensure that you have suitable footwear and sturdy gloves.

Volunteer Session Photos & Update

Progress is amazing but keeping it neat and tidy is on-going!  Thank you to all our loyal volunteers who are in the park every Wednesday from 10.00-12.30.  Please join us for as much (or little) time as you can spare.

We need to strim the grass around the benches where the mowers don’t reach.  If anyone has a petrol/ battery operated strimmer, please do come along and help.

FoWP Community Volunteer Day

FoWP Community Volunteer Day – Sunday 21st July 10.00-14.00

Following on from the success of our January Volunteer Day, we have arranged another Sunday get together for 21st July.  The main focus of activity will be the flower beds bordering the old putting green and the car park.  Westminster Park Gardening Club have kindly agreed to lead on this and have done a site survey to assess the extent of work.  There are quite a number of shrubs in the border and we plan to put mulch/ bark down in the future to help keep the weeds at bay.

If there are sufficient volunteers, we can tackle other areas too.  Please feel free to help for as much time as you are able – there is no obligation to attend for the whole time.

WP Gardening Club have suggested that we really need to maintain those areas we have cleared and it would be helpful if a few volunteers would be prepared to manage a small area on a more regular basis.  If you feel able to commit to this, please let us know.

If you are able to volunteer please could you advise us in advance.  If you know of anyone else who would like to help with this effort, please pass on this note.

Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on that day.  It will help to make our well appreciated open space even better.

Sue Britton & Steve Telford,

Friends of Westminster Park

PLANTING & WEEDING – Thursday 10th November

Following the success of the volunteer working party in collecting litter and other rubbish in Westminster Park as part of the ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign earlier in the year, another volunteer working party is being held to plant spring bulbs and to tidy some of the shrub beds in Westminster Park.

We will be meeting at the café in the centre of the park at 10.00am on Thursday 10th November and working for about a couple of hours.

Please come along with family and friends to do your part in brightening up Westminster Park. Wear working clothes and stout boots or shoes and with gardening gloves if you have them. Some equipment will be available but it would also be helpful if you could bring gardening tools such as hand or border forks, spades, secateurs and loppers for your own use if you have them.

Please email if you are able to join us, so that we have an idea of numbers – we would like 20-25 helpers if possible.

We are fortunate in having Westminster Park with its wide range of sporting and recreational activities. With your help we can keep it looking at its best.

See you there!

David Guyton