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Friends groups in action

Friends groups represent different users of open spaces and can advise the council on how to meet these needs. The groups also become involved in the planning and design of public open spaces.

All parks, greens, commons, woodlands and nature areas are important social spaces used to meet a variety of local needs. For example:

    • play areas for children
    • meeting places for young people
    • places to relax, sit, walk and enjoy the green environment
    • sports and recreation
    • dog exercising
    • green areas for schools’ nature studies
    • green open spaces for nearby residents
    • a healthy, sustainable environment

Friends groups often result from public meetings of residents and users. These meetings provide an opportunity for people to exchange ideas and views. The council can help get a steering group of volunteers together to help get the group off the ground. Once a group is established, it can work with the council to get the best from its local open space. For more information about friends groups or how to join one please contact us.

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