The Council welcomes visitors to all of the public sites and is keen to hear from people who use them. We will seek opportunities to engage with residents and visitors to better understand what people like about our green spaces and ideas for how they can be improved.
The Council is keen to support the establishment of “Friends of” or informal user groups for our sites – people who voluntarily work to maintain, improve and promote a green space. Groups have already been established at Daisy Bank play area (www.friendsofdaisybank.org) and Trinity Pocket Park and we are particularly keen to establish a similar group for the cemetery. If you are interested in getting involved please contact us.
Stroud in Bloom
The Royal Horticultural Society’s In Bloom programme is a nationwide community gardening campaign which aims to transform cities, towns and villages. Participating groups take part in an annual competition to show off their achievements in environmental responsibility, community participation and horticultural achievement.
The Council recognises the social, economic and transformational impact of the In Bloom competition and supports the Stroud in Bloom volunteers by providing grant funding and numerous floral displays around the town. Our Green Spaces team have become an important part of the Stroud in Bloom team providing: watering, weeding and general tidying up in the town. The whole group’s efforts have been rewarded with regular Gold awards.
Stroud in Bloom can be contacted through their website: www.stroudinbloom.co.uk
Some of our sites are available for community events, for example Bank Gardens has become an important venue for the annual Fringe Festival, Park Gardens is central to the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies and the Friends of Daisy Bank organise regular community fun days.
We are happy to welcome community events at appropriate sites, subject to requirements regarding insurance, risk assessment and health and safety.
We want everyone to be able to enjoy our green spaces. Most of the sites have good disabled access and we are working to make improvements where it is possible to do so. Current priorities are the cemetery and Bank Gardens.
Unfortunately some sites have suffered from vandalism, graffiti and anti-social behaviour. Visitors to our sites are encouraged to report any incidents to the police.
Repairing damage and removing graffiti is an unnecessary drain on our resources. We work closely with the local police and neighbourhood wardens to prevent this.