We may be contacted at:
Friends of Victoria Pleasure Gardens,
C/o 7, Abbey Terrace,
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The Friends of Victoria Pleasure Gardens
This volunteer group was formed after the 2007 floods to try to bring life back to the gardens. We plant and maintain the flower beds in the gardens and edge all the lawns. The Borough Council sees to the mowing of the grass, the maintenance of the trees and the riverbanks.
We are a formally constituted group with a committee of eight who devise the planting schemes, obtain the plants, organise the Open Day etc. Our AGM is in July.
We have a current membership of about 63 house-holds, with members as far afield as Holland. The £5 fee covers the cost of newsletters, some of the tools and some of the plants.
In 2008 we succeeded in our bid for Lottery funding to purchase a shed , to provide an information board and to replace the Victorian urns which stood at the top of the steps.
During the Summer months we work regularly each Wednesday and Thursday evening as a group. Smaller groups work on an ad hoc basis at other times when there are jobs to be done.
We spend a lot of time in the summer watering and edging the grass. We also need to keep on top of the weeds, de-head the roses and annuals and organise the compost bins.
We are always keen for people to join us either to work in the gardens or to give us moral support by becoming members.
We are grateful to the Borough Council for their support both moral and practical and to the Town Council for providing so many of the plants.
Our Diamond Jubilee fund-raising enabled us to purchase custom-made arches for the entrances to the gardens - a fitting commemoration in the gardens created for the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria.