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The Friends of Fletcher Moss Park and Parsonage Gardens

The Friends of Fletcher Moss Park and Parsonage Gardens was formed in early 2006 with the intention of protecting the Park and Garden from developers, from cuts to funding, and from damage and neglect. The Friends wanted to create a sense of ‘ownership’ of the park by local people and by users from further afield who love and value the beauty and tranquillity of the Fletcher Moss Park area – its Gardens, Stenner Woods and Millgate Fields.

Since its formation, the Friends have worked closely with the City Council to establish priorities for the maintenance and enhancement of the Park, to provide volunteers for work where it is needed, and to raise funds for projects. These efforts have produced significant results: the Alpine House behind the Old Parsonage has been completely transformed – what was once derelict now has an excellent alpine collection; safety rails and signposts have improved the area in the rockery gardens; noticeboards have been erected at the Visitor Centre and in Parsonage Gardens; plants and trees of many varieties have been introduced throughout the Park; a Local Nature Reserve with a Nature Trail has been established in Stenner Woods and Millgate Field and a WellBEEing Garden has been built for people unable to access the rockery. The plants are for pollinators as well – hence its name.

Two volunteers knee-deep in a muddy pond.
Our volunteers enjoying a spot of pond-clearing!

Regular activities include a volunteering session every Tuesday morning in Parsonage Gardens, a second volunteering session every Wednesday afternoon at Fletcher Moss Park, and a Health Walk every Monday afternoon from the Visitor Centre at The Croft, Fletcher Moss Park (see further details in the ‘Activities’ section). Both Fletcher Moss Park and Parsonage Gardens are open every day of the year from dawn to dusk. Entrance is free. Please note that dog restrictions apply in some signed areas.

The Friends are keen to have as much local input as possible, not only in our walks and volunteering, but in any matters connected with the management of the park and in its future. Committee meetings and the Annual General Meeting in late spring are open to members of the Friends’ group. If you have views or questions about the Park and its facilities, call in while the volunteers are at work; otherwise please email us at Membership of the Friends costs £5 per household per year. With a supportive membership of the Friends, you will receive regular updates on developments within the Park and Garden, and you will know that you are contributing to the well-being of this precious area.

To get in touch with us about any matters connected with the Park and Gardens, please use our contact form.