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UPDATE REGARDING CORONA VIRUS RESTRICTIONS

After a long period of lock-down, the Friends were delighted to be able to return to their weekly gardening sessions in the formal gardens of the Town Park in April 2021.  The gardens are closed to the public during these working sessions which run from  9.15am to 1pm each Wednesday with social distancing and all other necessary precautions in place.

The image attached to this item was taken as a publicity photo for our very generous sponsors, Henshalls Insurance Brokers of Newport and Shrewsbury.

If you would like to help out, please complete the contact form on this website.

We look forward to some happier days ahead.

For information on the opening arrangements for the gardens, and other facilities within the Park, please check the Telford & Wrekin Council's Town Park web site www.telfordtownpark.co.uk

 

Update on Aqueduct Lane planning application

Recently, we asked for your help to save an important green area in Aqueduct lane adjacent to Telford Town Park which was the subject of a planning application for two houses. Unfortunately, planning permission was granted by Telford and Wrekin Planning Committee on 30 June 2021 despite overwhelming objection to the plans.
We understand that local residents are making a formal complaint about the issue. The Friends will not be involved with that complaint of course but we will keep a close eye on whether it affects the Town Park along the Silkin Way, particularly watching out for any landslip off the rear of the site.
We have no date for the commencement of building works but it should not be until after the nesting season in September. If you were one of the 217 who helped to try and prevent these plans with our petition, we thank you.

Green Flag Award

 

YOU DID IT! we asked you to vote for the Town Park and you did  - so much so that, once again, the Park has made the people's choice list of the UK's  top 10 parks.

Many thanks to everyone who took the trouble to vote; we hope to see you all in the park in the New Year.

 

Royal Visit to the Town Park

The Friends were delighted to welcome HRH Princess Anne to the Town Park Gardens on 28th September.

The Princess and Anna Turner, The Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, were escorted around the Chelsea and Maxell Gardens by FOTTP Chairman, Chris Pettman,

Chris said: “I gave the Princess a guided tour of the gardens for around half an hour and she was charming the whole time. She thanked the group for their continuous work on conserving and improving the gardens”

“She had an insight into the history of the area and was very interested in what we do and the people who help as well, it was a huge boost for all our hard work”

The visit of the Princess Royal, following hard on the heels of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in June, is a real tribute to our wonderful Town Park and to the hard work of the Friends in maintaining and improving the gardens.

During her visit Her Royal Highness also planted a commemorative tree in the Gardens, which last month played host to VJ Day celebrations, marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

 

Why spending time outdoors can improve your health

According to a recent article, published on the website PatientAccess.com and reviewed by Dr Sarah Jarvis MBE, "being outdoors has been shown to lower stress, blood pressure and heart rate, while increasing mood and improving mental health. And whether you're walking, running or digging up garden weeds, being outside is increasingly being prescribed by health professionals to improve people's well-being".

The article, which cites academic research to back up the claims for the benefits of outdoor activity,  suggests that gardening is particularly beneficial.

If you fancy putting these claims to the test, why not consider joining us for one of our regular weekly gardening sessions in the Chelsea Gardens. We meet from  9.15 am till 1 pm each Wednesday and you don't need to be an experienced gardener. It's a very friendly group and new members are always very welcome. If you're interested or if you need further information, just click the "Contact" tab above and send us a message.

For information on the public opening arrangements for the gardens, and other facilities within the Park, please check the Telford & Wrekin Council's Town Park web site www.telfordtownpark.co.uk

 

Friends secure new PR sponsor

The Friends of Telford Town Park are delighted to  have secured the support of the Wellington-based PR agency, J&PR Ltd, under a  sponsorship arrangement  designed to boost the profile of the  group.

Chris Pettman, Chairman of FOTTP, said he is looking forward to working with J&PR who will make more people aware of the gardens and the work of the group. He said: “It is great to be part of this new partnership which we hope will mutually benefit us both."    Read  more

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A look back at the Sakura Festival

 

It was one of our most ambitious projects and one of our most successful. it clearly made an impression on those who attended as we've been asked a number of times when we plan to hold another. We've no plans at present to repeat the event but we can offer the next best thing - a look back at the excellent video that was produced for us by videographer Laura Garwood. You can see it HERE

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Christmas Fun Run

 

In December 2020, we were sad to have to report the cancellation of the Santa Fun Run.  The event was due to take place on 6th December but, following consultation with the Friends, our partners Midland air ambulance had decided that the event could not go ahead.

The Fun run will be back in 2021 and in the meantime , please consider making a donation to  Midland Air Ambulance. It is a vital service that relies entirely on the generosity of local people and businesses to raise the annual cost of £9 million.

 

Friends receive their Prestigious Award

Members of the friends attended a presentation event at the  Cavalier Centre near Much Wenlock on 27th July to receive the Queens Award for Voluntary Service from Anna Turner the Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire

The Friends of the Town Park were delighted and honoured to have been included in the list of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the Queen's Award this year. The award, which aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities, was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queens Golden Jubilee and recipients are announced each year on 2 June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Commenting on the award, Chris Pettman, the Chairman of the Friends, said "we are thrilled that our group has been recognised with this prestigious award which reflects not only the dedication and teamwork of our volunteers but also  the support received from a number of a number of other local organisations including Parish Councils and private companies that appreciate the value of Telford Town Park to the community of Telford and beyond.

The Friends

Led entirely by volunteers, the Friends of Telford Town Park enable individuals of all abilities to make a significant contribution to the maintenance and promotion of our amazing Town park and to enjoy the benefits of working with a friendly group of volunteers in the open air. You can find more about us HERE

 

 

The Park from the air

Three excellent recent videos featuring the Town Park available on YouTube - click an image to view.

Memory Leaves raise over £800 for charities

treeThe Friends memory leaf scheme, launched last year as part of the Telford 50 celebrations has raised over £800 for a wide range of good causes.The leaves were sold on the basis that £17 of the £25 purchase price would be donated to a charity of the purchaser's choice. 

Space on our tree in the Sensory Garden is limited to 50 leaves and as we have  now reached that limit we are unable to take further orders at the present time.  We are however hoping to install a second memory tree in the New Year and to offer a further batch of leaves. 

If you would like to be informed when further leaves are available, just click the Contact tab above and send us a brief message,

Telford and Wrekin launch new "Live Well Telford" directory

logoA new online community directory, Live Well Telford, has been launched, offering a single point of information and advice to help children, young people and adults live well in the borough. Live Well Telford is an all-age directory, supported by Telford and Wrekin council, and brings together in one place wide-ranging information about services, activities and support available in the area. For further information see https://livewell.telford.gov.uk

Park keeps the Green Flag flying

greenflag-logo-footerTelford Town Park has been recognised with a Green Flag award for the 5th year running. As the green flag 4premier symbol of green space excellence, Green Flag sets the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom.
Visitor Centre staff member Jackie Jones and FOTTP Vice-Chair Colin Thompson attended the presentation session in Norhampton on 18th July to receive the award.

Meetings of the Friends

Quarterly meetings of The Friends are held in the Visitor Centre of the Park on the 2nd Wednesday of September, December, March, and June.  if you are interested in joining the Friends either as a Full or Supporter member, just complete the online application form HERE

Town Park voted as one of the top ten favourite parks in the UK

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With more than 1,800 sites to choose from – all of which meet the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award - the public, casting more than 65,000 votes, have chosen their ten favourites. And thanks to your votes this year's list includes Telford Town park.

The Green Flag Award, managed by Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards the very best green spaces in the country. Launched in 1996 The Green Flag Award scheme is now the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK.

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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»

Wednesday gardening sessions

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 »