Park Friends seek your support

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pendle Council’s services vehicle STAN the Van will be in parks across Pendle this summer to promote the Friends of Parks groups and help recruit new members.

The colourful Services To A Neighbourhood vehicle was in Marsden Park, Nelson, where Friends of the Parks, as well as the regular STAN team, answered questions from anyone who wanted to know about becoming a Friend.

Coun. Jonathan Eyre, Executive Member for Parks and Leisure in Pendle, said: “Your local park needs you! Pendle has eight Friends of Parks groups, all of which are keen to recruit new members, and we have another three parks that don’t currently have Friends groups – why not contact us about setting up a Friends Group for one of Sough, Victory or Letcliffe Parks?

“We welcome anyone of any age to be a Friend of the Parks. It’s a fantastic way to meet people, as well as learning new skills that would look great on your CV.”

Colin Patten, Parks & Recreation Manager, said: “We’ve timed this promotion with STAN to coincide with the school holidays. All we need is some good weather and there’ll be plenty of people out enjoying Pendle’s beautiful parks.

“We’re hoping to recruit some of them as volunteers to help us look after our parks. They don’t have to give hours and hours of their time, and whatever they can give will be gratefully received.”

The Friends of Parks groups are made up of local residents who work with Pendle Council, volunteering their time, energy and effort to care for and help improve their local park. Together they tackle a range of environmental improvements, stage events and manage the parks.

The groups meet regularly to carry out activities in their parks, from woodland maintenance to seed planting.