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Friends of The Wick Country Park
The ‘Friends of the Wick Country Park’ organisation was first formed when the park was created back in 2005
At present there is a committee of eleven enthusiastic people who give as much time as they can, working along side the park warden, in developing the park, encouraging the community to enjoy its facilities and maintaining the diversity of wildlife habitats.
The ‘Friends’ organise events which promote the park. Our ethos is to provide ‘free events’ where families can enjoy the open space, learn more about wildlife and have fun. Most events include a quiz which requires the children to roam the park looking for clues. There is always a related craft activity and refreshments in the pavilion. At some events charities and businesses are invited to run stalls.
Our biggest event is ‘Paws in the Park’. This is held at the beginning of June and is very popular, one year it attracted 700 people and nearly as many dogs! Rosettes and the prestigious ‘Best in Show’ cup were awarded.
Nature Quest in August is a nature discovery day aimed at families and includes very popular pond-dipping and bug-hunting activities.
The annual Kite Festival is usually held in the middle of September and is a great draw for all ages. Everyone loves to see the huge kites soaring in the sky over the lake. Instructions and materials are provided so anyone can make their own kite which is guaranteed to fly.
The ‘Friends’ also apply for grants and have fund-raising events such as Quiz nights. With money raised we have purchased 5 picnic tables (to encourage people to stay longer), two notice boards (to inform the public of what is going on in the park), 3 large gazebos (to provide shelter from the sun/rain) 11 rustic benches, 2 owl boxes and nature investigating equipment (such as sweep nets, magnifying pots and clipboards)
Supported by grants from Veolia Pitsea Marshes Trust and the Diamond Jubilee Celebration Grant the ‘Friends’ have been able to reline the dipping pond. This will enable it to support a wider range of animals and plants and also be ready for organised groups of youngsters to pond dip.
A developing project is to provide a small reference library in the pavilion from donated books. Additional donated books are always welcome.
Fortnightly a small group of ‘Friends’ look after the pavilion garden, and our labours are beginning to blossom. The garden is maintained to provide a source of nectar and shelter for a range of butterflies and mini beasts.
The Warden, Mark, hopes to collate a register of volunteers to undertake a wide range of tasks on a regular or ad hoc basis. To date work parties have cleared ponds, planted saplings, and general repairs are undertaken. Under the direction of the Warden, ‘Friends’ have made bee chambers, bat boxes and beetle pyramids.
Membership of the Friends of Wick Country Park is £3 per household and each household will receive a quarterly newsletter plus regular e-mailed updates of activities in the park.
To become a member either go to the appropriate page of our website or contact the membership secretary Nikki at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01268 734293