The Friends of the North and South Marine Parks were formed in 2007 as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded restoration of the South Marine Park. The ‘Friends’ were established to be the voice of the local people within the restoration process. An evaluation of that programme was clear about the difference that the Friends’ Group had made.
The Friends are the focus for volunteering activity and their work has spread beyond the boundaries of the park ….. The group provides an important community network, encouraging people to socialise and engage in physical and mental activity. (Davis & Green, March 2012, p28 of Evaluation Report for the South Marine Park HLF Project).