Friends of Parks Forum
the network for all the borough's local Friends groups for parks, nature sites, recreation grounds, community gardens and other green open spaces...
Saturday 8th February 2014 at 10.00 at Bruce Castle
compact 2 pages version here
'The parks are the lungs of London' William Pitt
Friends groups in Haringey
How to start a friends group
Management Plans for Parks
Staffing in parks
Standards for open spaces - and developers' contributions
Other regional Forums and networks of Friends groups around London and the UK
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
THE FORUM Haringey Friends of Parks Forum is the independent and very successful umbrella organisation and network for the 30 local Friends groups of Haringey residents who are active in ‘taking ownership’ of, and protecting and improving, our parks and open spaces. Friends groups hold regular well-represented meetings of the Forum every 2 months, and the groups communicate and co-ordinate through the Forum’s email list.
FRIENDS GROUPS do a huge amount and put in thousands of hours of volunteer time to:
The Friends groups have increasingly liased closely with the Council's Parks Service in doing this, and have been key agents in helping to bring in millions of pounds in external funding to improve facilities for local people. They have worked with the Council on achieving Green Flag status for 8 parks and open spaces, the highest number in
Of course its not all plain sailing – the Council lacks resources, is often poor at communications or unnecessarily bureaucratic, and groups often have to lobby and campaign to get their views over.
CO-ORDINATION WITH THE COUNCIL The Forum is supported by the Parks Service, and Parks officers attend a session during the Forum’s meetings to take note of each local Friends group’s issues, and to discuss wider issues of common concern. Recently the Haringey Head of Parks announced that the Parks Department had just been given an award for the Best Council Team - he stated that this award was only possible due to the partnership working with Friends groups and the Forum.
CAMPAIGNING The Forum has been effective in lobbying and campaigning for:
The minutes of Forum meetings can be found on this site or Haringey Council's website.
The Forum can be contacted on: firstname.lastname@example.org