Fancy becoming a friend of Dane John Gardens?

The Dane John Gardens during the City Sound Project in the Park over the May Bank Holiday weekend

People are being invited to join a new Friends of Dane John Gardens group.

Its aim is to replicate the work done by similar Friends’ groups such as those at the Westgate Parks, Kingsmead Field and Duncan Down in Whitstable.

Sadie Williams, the city council’s new parks and community development officer, is helping set up the Dane John group and is looking for volunteers.

They could be involved in running community events and projects, reporting issues related to the park or even helping set the future strategy for the park’s development.

Sian Pettman, from the Friends of Kingsmead Field, said: “The great thing about being an active member of a Friends group is that it enables you to meet other residents who really care about their local green space and want to work together to improve and enjoy it.”

The council says that as well as welcoming people who live in the Dane John, it wants people from further afield with an interest to come forward.

It already has plans for a new children’s play area and improvements to the lighting and footpaths next year.

Communities chairman Cllr Neil Baker said: “Friends groups have a hugely positive impact and are very effective in getting the community involved in looking after our precious open spaces, backing up the planting, maintenance and cleaning work carried out by our own staff and contractors.

“We know there are lots of local people who love the Dane John, so this is a perfect opportunity to harness that passion and make a real difference to one of our finest parks.”

Anyone who would like to get involved in the Dane John Friends group should email People should provide their contact details and availability in late October, which is when the group’s first meeting will take place.


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