Dunorlan Park tidied up as group seeks new leader

GARDENING CLUB: The volunteers at Dunorlan Park

Last week a team of volunteers spruced up the entrance of Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells.

The group got together to tidy up the entrance borders of the award-winning park, planting a mix of perennials and spring bulbs on Monday October 9.

The Monday Volunteers are made up of around 25 people, led by Kasia Olszewska from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s Parks Team, who work in various areas of the park on Monday mornings. All the equipment needed is provided by charity Friends of Dunorlan Park (FoDP), along with the refreshments served at break time. The 78-acre green space is tended to year-round by the team.

Joan Hamilton-Smith told the Times: “Regular tasks include planting, clearing overgrown areas, weeding, pruning, coppicing and even hedge-laying. The benefits of working in the park are many, and include satisfaction with a job well done and friendships made.”

But now the organisation is seeking a new leader after FoDP Chairman Peter Russell recently announced he will be stepping down from his role in April 2024. The charity is now seeking his successor.

It said that the voluntary post could suit someone with committee experience and an interest in outdoor spaces, prepared to devote an average of one hour per day to the task.

The Friends support the Council with the maintenance and development of the park and typically provide about £5,000 per year towards its upkeep as well as providing a team of up to 25 volunteer workers.

For more details on this role, call Peter on 01892 531830 or email dunorlanfriends@gmail.com. He will be happy to answer any queries you may have.

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