Volunteering

The Friends of Eastfield Park are always looking for new volunteers willing to carry out work in the Park.

 

Local Residents:

We advertise community clean-ups and group conservation activities on Facebook; any adult can join in these simply by turning up on the day and signing in.  Children can take part in activities advertised as 'child friendly' but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Individuals wishing to carry out activities by themselves or with friends should join the FoEP and follow our 'Lone Worker Policy' (even if working with somebody else).  It is most important that all work is approved by the Eastfield Park Management Committee and that appropriate Health and Safety measures are followed. 

Organisations:

Organisations looking for opportunities to carry out voluntary work in the Park should download our volunteering leaflet by clicking the following link:

 

 

 

Example of work carried out by volunteer groups from business and industry are shown below.

COVID-19

During the summer of 2020 we will be carrying out work in the Park in small groups of up to six people (probably fewer). We will have disposable gloves and hand sanitiser available and will sanitise the handles of any equipment used by more than one person. Social distancing will be strictly enforced.

If you are interested in helping, please contact us through this website's 'Contact Us' page but do not expect us to offer projects immediately.

Volunteer Teams from Business & Industry since 2015

Created a wildflower garden from scratch along the north-facing fence between the Park and Eleonore House  

Volunteers from Thomson Holidays in Eastfield Park Northampton
Thomson Holiday Volunteers Starting Work on a Wildflower Border
The Wildflower Border created by Volunteers from Thomson Holidays
Thomson Holidays: Apr. 2015

Extended the insect-friendly border along the west-facing fence between the Park and Eleonore House, cleared an overgrown area in front of the ha-ha and weeded and planted the Crescent Rock Garden.

Team of Lloyds Managers starting a new garden
Team of Lloyds Managers clearing part of the ha-ha in Eastfield Park
Team of Lloyds Managers by the ha-ha in Eastfield Park Northampton
Lloyds Bank Managers: Sept. 2015

Cleared informal pathways, created new habitats including a hibernaculum and log wall, and weeded and planted part of the Crescent Rock Garden.

Volunteers from Nationwide Building Society
Team of Volunteers from Nationwide Building Society working on Crescent Rock Garden in Eastfield Park Northampton
Hibernaculum created by Volunteers from Nationwide Building Society
Nationwide Building Soc: Oct. 2016

Filled in holes on the 'Sleeping Dragon' children’s play mound, extended the cleared area in front of the ha-ha and weeded and planted another part of the Crescent Rock Garden.

Lloyds Managers repairing the Sleeping Dragon (Children's Pay Mound)
LLoyds Managers in front of cleared area in front of ha-ha in Eastfield Park Northampton
Area in front of ha-ha in 2020 with equi
Lloyds Bank Managers: Nov. 2016

Dug and weeded a new garden area, filled hazardous holes in the Parkland, cleared vegetation along pathways, spread wood chippings on pathway, removed branches from fallen tree and tidied up a wood pile from trees cut down the previous autumn.

Nationwide Volunteers clearing a path in Eastfield Park Northampton
Nationwide Volunteers adding wood chippings to a path in Eastfield Park Northampton
Nationwide Volunteers clearing area for planting in Eastfield Park Northampton
Nationwide Building Soc: Jun. 2017

Raked up grass cuttings from the large set-aside area which had recently been mowed and cleared a large area of undergrowth from the lake embankment. 

Volunteers from Mars-Wrigley in Eastfield Park Northamton
Mars-Wrigley Volunteers Raking the Set-aside 'Meadow' in Eastfield Park Northampton 4.JPG
Mars-Wrigley Volunteers clearing unwanted vegetation from the lake embankment in Eastfield Park Northampton
Mars-Wrigley: Jun. 2019
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Nationwide Volunteers clearing an Area for Planting