We are an active 'Friends' group which supports and contributes to many of the fun & fantastic events which take place in the park each year. We are also passionate about promoting the park to the wider public as well as supporting Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, the owners of the park, and ensuring the park remains nurtured & safe....
The Friends work with TWBC to identify special projects which would benefit the park & where we can assist the Council in making them happen. Sometimes we plan, design & donate new elements; sometimes we raise/source funds to contribute towards them; sometimes we commission special studies; sometimes we volunteer - sometimes we do all of these things! .....
Donations & legacies are vitally important to a Friends’ charity such as ours in providing the funding needed for our special projects, especially when we we embark on an ambitious project such as our Island Bank Restoration project - vital to the park to prevent our two islands slowly eroding away ........
We are always looking for new members that who are passionate about the park - who would like to join us at one of our events - who fancy getting their hands mucky & helping the team on the gardening front - who might want to help the Friends’ projects or on our Committee and working parties ......
In 2019, the Friends funded 50% of the costs of refurbishing the small island in the lake. By working with Kent High Weald Partnership (KHWP), costs were significantly reduced compared with the payment of the commercial contractors who worked on the large island a few years ago.
In spite of the restrictions caused by Coronavirus, we have carried out the following work in 2019-2020:
Part funding the installation of a path at the Victoria Cross Grove.
Working with KHWP to fence in the two oaks near the cafe to protect their surface roots.
Funding KHWP to join our volunteers group to carry out more ambitious landscaping projects.
In addition, the Friends are fully funding a drinking water installation in the park.