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).

In 8 years since its formation the group has......

  • Created a community garden and petanque terrains
  • Organised regular activities for members
  • Promoted live music in the bandstand throughout summer months
  • Become a focus within other organisation activity programmes eg: Alzheimer’s Socity
  • Organised litter picks several times per year.
  • Raised their profile with the Council and residents.
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The Friends organise and promote regular events throughout the year as follows:

Weekly Events:

Community Garden Group:

We Meet every Monday between 10am – 12noon and every Wednesday from 1pm – 4pm …… in the North Marine Park Community Garden (next to the bowling greens).

Petanque (French Boules):

We Meet every Monday and Wednesday between  12- 2pm in the Community Garden (this is closed in winter months).

Walking Works Wonders:

Every Thursday 10.15am .  Meet at Ocean Road Main Gates of South Marine Parks (opposite Marine Pub).  Guided walks explore local routes around the parks, riverside , foreshore and cliffs – and occasionally further afield.

Annual Events:

The Friends are managed by a committee elected yearly at their Annual General Meeting. Thge committee meet every fist Tuesday in the month.
A meeting is held for the full membership on the first Thuraday of the month following the Thrusday walk.
Both meetings are held in the Bents Park cabin.

• Seasonal Litter picks
• Mystery trails
• Summer Festival Parade
• Bands in the Parks (every Saturday from end of July – September)
• Heritage Walk (September)

New members are very welcome. We are particularly keen to hear from people with the following experience/interest/skills in:

• computer and Information technology
• fund raising
• gardening
• administration
• event planning

and people who just wish to join a very friendly, active social group.

Membership Fee is £5 per annum