If you are thinking about setting up a friends group, you'll be in great company with lots of people who can help you.
Friends groups come in all shapes and sizes, from a group of neighbours who meet to litter pick in their park to formally constituted charities. Think about the resources and experience you have in your start up group, and check out Parks Community UK for some useful guides for setting up your group.
Once you've set up your group, please register with GoParksLondon! You can find a joining form here.
You can also consider joining the London Friends of Greenspaces Network. The LFGN is growing fast. In London there are around 700 parks friends groups – groups of volunteers – getting together to protect, improve and bring communities together in their local parks. But with more than 4,000 green spaces across Greater London, there's always room for more!
Giving time, energy and expertise to friends groups helps you stay fit and active, and it’s sociable and fun. It also means making a difference in your local community because friends groups help with, and advocate for, improvements, new attractions or simply for the park’s continued care.
Dave Morris, Chair of the London Friends of Greenspaces Network, said:
“Groups often help maintain the fabric of parks or help with improvements like tree planting, usually in partnership with the council. But they also organise events for people to enjoy their local space, promote historical and ecological knowledge of the space and provide opportunities for the community to come together. Friends groups also play an important role in enabling residents to capture the health benefits of parks, encouraging people to come into the park and making sure it’s a welcoming environment for everyone.”