November 1st, 2015

Friends of Twinkle Park

Among the various duties of the Twinkle Park Trust — fundraising, liaising with the council, and the like — some of the more pleasurable activities are those where we get to spend time in the parks, and making an immediate difference. From donning waders and skimming duckweed off the pond, to the supreme challenge of dexterity that is picking cider bottles from bushes using a telescopic grabber, it’s good to occasionally get out your comfy old clothes and do a bit of cleaning.


A couple of weekends back, a few members of the Trust spent the afternoon in Twinkle Park, giving the place a little bit of attention. Sweeping up leaves at this time of year might be a Sisyphean task, but along with chopping back some of the ivy around the benches and giving the pagoda a scrub, the park looked better and more welcoming at the end of the afternoon than it did at the beginning.

What’s more, it was nice to get the opportunity to speak to passers-by and neighbours (one of whom very kindly brought out tea and biscuits to help us along the way) and hear what they think about the parks.

Charlotte Turner litter pick

These sessions usually last around 2-3 hours, and volunteers are welcome to come and go as they please. The work isn’t too strenuous, so as much as anything it’s a good opportunity to spend a little time outside, whiling away part of the afternoon chatting.

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