Woodhatch Park Project
Friends of Woodhatch Park
Local community members worked with East Surrey College Community team for several years to develop a plan to provide ‘a village green for the 21st century’ on land in the centre of Woodhatch.
Local people pledged their support at public
information days and meetings and the scheme was granted planning permission in 2001.
Many funding grants and awards were applied for and eventually enough capital was raised.
Legalities were overcome and construction began in 2004.
The children’s Play Area opened in 2005 and in 2006/7 the Park was given a
‘Green Flag Award ‘
The Woodhatch Park is - A Local Park for Local People - both residents and people who work locally.
By forming the ‘Friends of Woodhatch Park’ we hope to include the wider community to take a sense of ownership of the park.
To date, the park has been designed and the money has been raised by the people of Woodhatch and South Park. This task has been coordinated and managed by the Woodhatch Park Project Committee, a group of local residents.
The land has been leased for 25 years from Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. The terms require the community to maintain the Park for the duration of the lease.
This cost has been estimated at £3,000 per year without equipment replacement, which will be generated by subscriptions and community events.
The Friends of Woodhatch Park will generate income, support and goodwill across our neighbouring communities, keep residents informed on matters relating to the park and feed volunteer groups engaged in Maintneance, Park watch and Fund Raising Events
Community Help Days are held on the 1st Sunday of each month and everyone is welcome to join the team from 9.30am to help keep the park tidy and a pleasure to visit. Work undertaken on these sessions is litter-picking, weeding and general maintenance. Gloves and some tools can be provided.
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