HARD-WORKING Friends of Fort Royal Park and Commandery Gardens volunteers were finalists in the 2017 UK Friends Group of the Year category at the Fields in Trust awards.
Fields in Trust was founded in 1925 by King George V as the Playing Fields Association. They are a national charity whose mission is to ensure everyone should have access to free, local, outdoor space for sport, play and recreation.
2017 was the first time an award has been made for Friends Group of the Year. It aims to recognise the volunteers who work to make their green space an amazing part of their community, being inclusive, creative and effective in their support and management of the space.
From the many entries for the award, Friends of Fort Royal Park and Commandery Gardens, were selected by the judges as one of only four finalists.
Chair Lynn Denham and secretary Amanda Hancock attended the awards ceremony at Lord’s in November.
“We got to hear more about Fields in Trust and all the wonderful people across the UK who love their local parks and green spaces,” said Mrs Denham.
“We were disappointed not to bring the winners’ trophy back to Worcester. However, Friends of Angel Meadow in Manchester were worthy winners.
“We were thrilled to be recognised as an outstanding community group and will be putting our finalists’ certificate on display soon.”
Mrs Hancock said: “A big thank you is due to everyone who has been part of the Friends’ group since 2012 and to the many people who have helped and supported us, particularly Worcester City Council staff and The Commandery.
“The community around Fort Royal Park have shown how much they love and appreciate this very special green space.”