i) Help with general gardening in the flower gardens of the park on Tuesday mornings, weeding, pruning, cutting grass, etc. ii) Helping with general maintenance work in the park once a month on a Saturday morning - hedge cutting, weeding, repairs, painting, spring cleaning signs etc. iii) Manning our small Information Centre once a week iv) Helping run events
No special qualifications needed, but volunteers need to become members of the Friends of Lake Meadows in order to be covered by insurance whilst working in the park. Details of membership are on our website www.lakemeadows.org.uk
All tools are provided.
Our current project is the refurbishment and improvement of the lake and its surroundings, in our local park. We plan to encourage more wildlife, help visitors understand the importance of biodiversity and involve more people to be actively involved in the care and maintenance of the park for the benefit of the community.
This part of our project has involved deciding what to do to improve a run-down area of bank. We then designed an area of ornamental grasses, with rocks, researching the best materials and plants by seeking expert advice, researching and designing an interpretation board, and liaising with the Parks Department. With their help we prepared the area, positioned the rocks and pebbles and planted the grasses. Then we installed the new interpretive water bird board.
The volunteers themselves benefit hugely by making new friends, enjoying seeing a job well done, improving the park and getting fresh air and exercise. The main benefactors are the many thousands of visitors to the park, who enjoy seeing the improvements that we have made and taking part in the events. We constantly receive positive comments on the difference that we have made.