Fields in Trust Awards 2017
On 29th November, Fields in Trust will hold its sixth annual Awards at Lord's Cricket Ground in London and once again the headline award will be UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU!
Telford Town Park won this top award in 2015 and we are keen to do so again this year. Our nomination is in and all we need now is your vote. Voting is now open and will continue to Friday 3rd November.
You can find more information and cast your vote here
The Friends of Telford Town Park
The Friends of Telford Town Park were started in 2003 with a small group of 3 people, who all felt that the Park needed some extra care and attention. The group was formally constituted in July 2004 and currently consists of over 20 members from all walks of life.
The constitution of the Friends states:
“The aims of the Friends are to promote and conserve
The sustainable use of the Park
The biodiversity of the Park
The existing boundaries of the Park
The built structures of the Park
And protect it from inappropriate use or development”
In keeping with the above constitution, the Friend’s have been and will be, involved in many different activities around the 150 hectares (approximately 400 acres) that is Telford Town Park. It has to be one of the largest urban town parks in Europe and is a fantastic asset for the people of Telford and beyond. It is commonly known as the “The Jewel in the Crown of Telford”.
Christmas Fun Run 2017
We're now well into Autumn and it's time to start looking ahead to Christmas and more particularly to the Friends Christmas Fun Run. Sunday 3 December 2017 will see Telford's 11th Charity Fun Run and as for last year the event will be in aid of the wonderful Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.
Last year you raised a staggering £3,500 and we are aiming to do even better this year. It's a great fun event for all the family and as in previous years we will be offering 2 routes - a short, 1.5 km route for the family runners and a longer, 4.5 km route for the more serious runners.
All you have to do is buy a ticket on line and turn up in fancy dress. Let your imagination run riot - pixies, elves, santas, fairies, gorillas, your favourite TV cartoon character, whatever!
Tickets cost just £6 for adults and it's free for children under the age of 16 accompanied by a registered adult. We also ask you to try to raise at least £20 from friends, neighbours and work colleague. All monies raised will go to support the great work of the Air Ambulance.
Your tickets will be sent to you immediately on completion of the purchase and we will then followup with joining instructions and sponsorship forms. We look forward to seeing you on 3rd December.
Celebrate Spring - Japanese Style
As part of the Telford 50th anniversary celebrations, the Friends of Telford Town Park are bringing a taste of Japan to Telford on Saturday 21 April 2018 with a traditional Sakura - or cherry blossom - festival.
The Maxell Cherry Garden will be open from 10am as usual until 4pm to wander round freely and enjoy the gardens and the stalls around the bandstand. From 5pm until 9pm the Chelsea and Maxell garden will be illuminated with lanterns and coloured lights including the waterfall. Entry will be by ticket only for the modest cost of £5 each. Children under 16 free if accompanied by a ticket holder. You will be able to enjoy Japanese street food, traditional Japanese music by Japanesque Duo and drums from the Taiko West Drummers along with Origami demonstrations and silhouette cutting.
Friends build Bug Hotel in Chelsea Gardens
Thanks to a grant from the Peoples Postcode lottery, the Friends have completed a large bug hotel within the grounds of the Chelsea Gardens. The structure will be of immense benefit to the flora in the Sensory Garden and provide food
and shelter for a vast variety of bugs and insects, including Ladybirds, solitary Bees, Spiders, harmless Wood wasps, woodlice, moths and many more.
Approximately 2 metres high and 2 metres across the "hotel" is made of timber and infilled with a variety of decaying wood, leaves, broken pottery and other natural detritus that small
creatures like to live in and around. There is an interesting interpretation board that small groups of supervised children can interact with to see what they can find out about the wildlife that the hotel and the surrounding stumpery will generate.
The Giraffes have arrived
Last year we had the Gorillas; this year it's the Giraffes. These two colourful characters are spending the summer with us in the Town park and as last year we are indebted to the British ironworks Centre for the loan of these amazing sculptures. You can visit the Giraffes in the Maxell Gardens and if you want to see a whole menagerie of animals and other amazing creations we thoroughly recommend a visit to the Ironworks Centre - a magical place which is perfect for a day out with the family. And it's all free. Click here to learn more.
Anyone for Hedge Laying?
Hedgelaying is the old craft of “laying” a hedge down so that new growth can be encouraged. The stem of the hedge is cut 90% through and laid at an angle towards the ground. Where the stem has been cut new growth will start, and in time this vigorous new growth fills in gaps and re-generates on old, thin hedge. The friends will be running their next hedge laying session on 18th October so, if you fancy learning an ancient woodcraft skill, why not talk to us about membership?
Join the Friends
Telford Town park, now officially recognised as the UK’s best park, is an amazing asset for our community. The Friends play a vital part in protecting and improving that asset and we welcome applications for membership from those who wish to support the aims and activities of the group,.....Read More»
Anyone for Gardening
The Friends of Telford Town Park have been running Wednesday gardening sessions in the Town Park Chelsea Gardens for several years and were instrumental in the design and construction of the new sensory garden. And now,..... Read More »