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History of the Friends of Wickford Memorial Park

By Kim Oakes (Chair)

July 2019

July 2019

I visited the Park and saw that the Home Front Garden was overgrown and neglected and thought something should be done. I met with the park manager, started the process of setting up a ‘Friends’ group. I will add the park has a limited budget and staff, it is not possible for them to keep on top of everything.                  

October 2019

October 2019

The first group started work set to tidy up the garden. The garden was covered in brambles, vine weed and thistles!                

December 2019

December 2019

We appeared in the Council’s ‘Together Magazine’.        

February 2020

February 2020

I met with the council and formed a partnership: ‘Friends of the Wickford Memorial Park’. And set up a Facebook Group. Keen gardeners and people interested in the park were asked to join.          

March 2020

March 2020

We planted whips in the Silver Jubilee Wood, donated by the Woodland Trust.        

March 2020

March 2020

Basildon Council helped with a grant for tools and HiVis, plus a storage container to use.      

June 2020

June 2020

We began regularly working on the garden, and formed a constituted group with a committee.    

September 2020

September 2020

Our volunteers painted the car park railings with paint provided by Basildon Council. A big improvement!      

October 2020

October 2020

Major replanting of the Home Front Garden. It was decided that the existing plants were not worth saving and we would start again.    

November 2020

November 2020

We planted 4,700 English bluebells, and our volunteers also replanted the Home Front Garden. A busy month!