Luton Friends of Parks and Green Spaces
Seven of Luton’s parks now hold a Green Flag Award - the national quality award for parks and green space – as a result of the town’s long and continuous history of park improvement.
Today’s parks have to accommodate a wide range of opportunities to meet the needs of the local community. Involving the community in decisions about their local parks and green space is a great way to ensure that these needs are considered. In the current financial climate this provides opportunities to secure additional funding for improvements and events to get people out and active in the great outdoors.
Who are we?
The Friends are a like minded group of people who initially became friends of their local parks or green spaces and were later invited and encouraged by the council to form a wider 'umbrella' group covering the whole of Luton.
A constitution has been written and agreed and the group was formally launched in September 2009 under its name of the Luton Friends of Parks & Green Spaces (LFPGS).
What are we for?
The aim of the LFPGS is to represent groups with an interest in council managed parks and green spaces, and those green spaces not owned by LBC but are accessed by the public and have a Friends Group.
The objectives include:
- to work in partnership with the council and other appropriate agencies to maintain and continually improve Luton’s parks and green spaces for the benefit of people and wildlife
- to develop the capacity of constituent member groups and foster creation of new groups
- to ensure the interests and aspirations of member groups and the community, in relation to Luton’s parks and green spaces, are adequately communicated to local, regional and where necessary, central government without having any political affiliation
How do we work?
The group is formed from representatives of other local area friends groups and user groups (eg Friends of Manor Park, Luton Federation of Allotment and Leisure Gardens) and a 'managing' committee of the whole group meets around six times a year.
The local groups are comprised mainly of people that live within a short distance of a particular park or open space or those who use it regularly or have a particular interest in a specific park.
The LFPGS umbrella group is formed from representatives of these local friends’ groups so that ideas and experiences can be shared across the town and to encourage the formation of local groups where none exist already.
Council officers who have an interest in community activity and making improvements within our parks and green spaces (the parks service particularly) join in as the need arises. The elected councillor holding the portfolio containing parks and green spaces also takes a keen interest in the activities of the group.
If you are interested in joining one of the existing groups (listed below) or would like to help with the formation of a new group, then please email [email protected].
- Friends of Memorial Park and Kidney Wood
- Friends of Manor Park
- Friends of Icknield and Runfold
- Friends of Wardown Park
- Friends of Gill Blowers (Mayne Avenue /Hockwell Ring green spaces)
- Lewsey Green Association
- Friends of Great Bramingham Park
- Bramingham Wood Volunteers
- The Luton Federation of Allotments and Leisure Gardens
- Brantwood Park Community Caretakers
- Bell’s Close Community Caretakers (Peoples Park)
Pictures are courtesy of Luton Friends of Parks and Open Spaces.