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What is a Friends Group?

A Friends of Parks Group is a constituted group made up of a group of people or ‘Friends’ passionate about looking after their local park or green space. Friends groups work in partnership with Plymouth City Council to enhance the green space, to meet the needs of their local community.

What do they do?

Friends groups get involved in a huge range of things including running community events, conservation activities and practical activities like gardening, litter picking as well as linking in to the variety of campaigns surrounding parks and greenspace. Activities can include; 

  • Promoting your local space and providing feedback to the local Council
  • Helping with anything from planting bulbs and conservation tasks to litter picking and tidy up days
  • Putting on local community events such as family fun days, arts events, music in the park and more
  • Fundraising, accessing grants and lottery monies for the benefit of the park
  • Carrying out user surveys and collecting local views about the park
  • Designing information and educational leaflets about the park (such as a guide to trees/plants in the park or a local history of the park) in partnership with the Council
  • Producing and updating your groups website and/or social media platforms 
  • Contributing to the production of parks management plans and helping shape the future improvements to the green space or park

Friends Groups in Plymouth

We currently have 16 Friends groups across the city in our parks and greenspaces and they are always happy to have new members join.

Here is a list of all the different friends groups we have in the city;

Friends of Parks Groups in Plymouth 

Astor Park

Blockhouse Park (STAR)

Central Park

Devonport Park

Freedom Fields Park

Friends of Efford Marsh

Friends of Enresettle

Friends of Ham Woods

Friends of Radford Woods 

Friends of Wyndham Square

Hoe Residents Association

Moorview Park

Pathfields Plympton St Maurice

St Levan Park

Tothill Park 

Victoria Park 

If you want to get in touch with any of the groups mentioned above, visit the contacts page, where you can contact the group as well as other useful contacts for friends groups. 

If you know there is a need for a group in your local park, why not visit the How to Set up a Friends Group page to find out how you can help set one up. There is lots of useful information, examples and links on becoming a sucessful friends group with advice and support. 

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