The Friends meet every Wednesday at 9:30am at the Rangers’ Office and usually work through until around 2pm. Their members give practical help with many different projects around the Park and submit lots of ideas for new ventures for the benefit of everyone.
This year, the Friends are celebrating their 20th anniversary as a registered charity. Since setting up with just 6 members in 1998, the group has gone from strength to strength and completed some amazing projects at the Park.
With that in mind, it’s fitting that they’ve recently been honoured with a prestigious national award: the Nursing Times HRH Prince of Wales Award for Integrated Approaches to Care. This was awarded to the Tai Chi Group that the Friends run at the Park – well done to all involved!
As always the group is currently working on a range of educational, conservational and environmental projects. These include creating a Garden of Friendship and continuing to develop the Community Orchard. The Friends were delighted to receive a cheque from the Co-op Local Community Fund for £3,454.89 in November 2017, which is helping to fund their work on the Garden.
For more information about the Friends and to read their latest newsletter, please visit www.friends-of-rcp.co.uk. You can also follow them on Facebook @rushcliffecountrypark. If you’d like to get involved in their work, simply turn up at one of the Wednesday working groups to find out more. Membership costs just £5 per year.