Broom Road Rec is a large park situated on the bank of the Thames in Teddington, close to Hampton Wick. It provides plenty of opportunities to be active – it hosts three football pitches, a cricket pitch, and beach volleyball playing fields. Children get to jump on the trampoline in the playground or explore the natural play area in the back of the park. At the same time, the park has quiet areas for rest and contemplation.
However, there is always room for improvement. Do you live near the park and have got ideas on how to make this an even better place? Habitats & Heritage is supporting residents who want to set up a new “Friends” group for Broom Road Rec with a view to improving the park. The group’s activities could potentially include:
- Practical activities such as litter picking and planting bulbs and wildflowers,
- organising small local events, like a community fete or a nature trail for children,
- liaising with the Parks Department to explain what local people would like to happen in the park, or contact them with issues such as vandalism that need sorting out, and
- help implement ideas for improving the park when funding is available.
The Council currently has limited funding for parks. Friends Groups can apply for money available only to the voluntary sector, both via the planning system and from charitable trusts and businesses. Thus, they can make a lot happen in their local community.
We had a first meeting with park users on 4th May 2022. Why not join us for the next?
If you would like to know more and get involved, please email Daija at email@example.com or sign up via the form below to receive updates.