Fresh call for volunteers

To join Fleming Park conservation project

Page last updated at 25 September 2015 at 09:57

Friends of Fleming Park

The Friends of Fleming Park in Eastleigh are looking for more volunteers to join in with practical conservation sessions and help launch the group as an independent community led organisation. 

The 2 year Friends of Fleming Park project was launched by environmental charity The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) back in December 2013.  A fantastic core group of volunteers have dedicated over 1000 hours to caring for the parkland; creating and improving wildlife habitats and features for visitors.  As TCV’s involvement in the project nears its end and the Friends of Fleming Park prepare to launch as an independent community led group, we’re calling for more local people to join this friendly and enthusiastic group of people and play their part in looking after the park. Volunteers are needed to get involved in practical conservation work, as well as the behind the scenes jobs of running the group. Training and support is available to help you and whatever your skills, background and availability we’d love to hear from you. 

To find out more contact Eastleigh-projects@tcv.org.uk or call 02380 402 593.  

The £38,000 scheme is being led by environmental charity The Conservation Volunteers, in Partnership with Eastleigh Borough Council, to improve the visitor experience and the park’s wildlife richness. 

So far the project has installed a way-marked walking trail and improved existing paths. Seats, benches, and specially designed interpretation boards have been installed and educational leaflets produced to inform people about the site’s wildlife value.  New animal and bird shelters have been installed, alongside a newly planted native hedge which provides a fantastic habitat. Existing habitats have been managed and improved, with work including the removal of invasive species such as laurel and Himalayan balsam, and coppicing areas of woodland.

 Funding for the project is coming from The Veolia Environmental Trust, who have awarded £13,557 through the Landfill Communities Fund, Eastleigh Borough Council (EBC), who have awarded £7,400.  The project is also funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, who have contributed £8891.  Additional contributions have come from grants from Hampshire County Council, BBC Radio Solent Community Chest, and The Ford Britain Trust. 

TCV’s ……., Katy Roberts says, “We also anticipate the newly formed 'friends of' group will give local people a voice in decision making for the park, as well as provide a much-needed ‘task-force’ to manage it so the work of this project can continue.”

 The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, adds, “It is great to hear about the many achievements of the volunteers so far. I would encourage anyone who wants to see further improvements in the park to join them and help make a difference for all.”