Heaton Norris Friends of the Parks

Heaton Norris Friends of the Parks

At a glance


  • Gardens and parks

Other details

Organisation type: 
Small or unincorporated organisation
Geographical remit: 
National - England


The local council is under no obligation to maintain the parks it owns. Given the climate of the Council restricting spending on their local parks the Friends of the Parks have taken over the care of our 2 local parks to ensure that improvements and maintenance are continually ongoing so that park is not forgotten and then falls into decline.

As Heaton Norris Park (HNP) and Grafton Street Park (GSP) are both in a deprived area of Heaton Norris, with social housing, consisting of high-rise flats, terraced housing, and sheltered accommodation (for different vulnerable people), our local green spaces play a vital part of in maintaining good mental and physical health and wellbeing for our local residents. Our committee is dedicated to finding the funds to keep our parks safe, clean, inclusive, improved and maintained to a standard where local people are happy to use them. We have several events and initiatives throughout the year to engage with our park users to enhance committee spirit, love and respect for nature, and being outdoors. 

We feel that everyone has the right to enjoy the parks and have a robust EDI policy to encourage marginalised communities to feel equally welcome and fully enjoy our parks.


Throughout the year we apply for funding to improve and maintain our parks. This can be anything from getting a new notice board so local information can be displayed for people who are digitally excluded to making sure that any future play equipment added to our parks is accessible for children with different abilities so no child is excluded from our playgrounds. 

The Friends of the park also provide fun days such as easter egg hunts so that children don’t miss out on our national celebration days. We have bowling initiatives, wildlife and gardening task days and vegetable growing so that people of all ages can have ownership and interest in their local park.

We also display different flags throughout the year e.g. the Pride Flag for LGBT History Month. the Suffragette Flag for International Womens Day and the flag to mark Black History Month. We do this so that marginalised people within our Community can visually see that they belong.

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