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Friends of Hartshill Park

Who are the Friends of Hartshill Park?

The Friends of Hartshill Park is a voluntary group that formed in 1999.  The group works in partnership with the City Council's Environment Team to enhance, promote and conserve Hartshill Park for local residents and visitors to the area. The Friends have an open membership and any member of the public is welcome to attend their events and monthly meetings. Although decisions regarding site management remains the responsibility of Stoke-on-Trent Council, the group are encouraged to participate in the development and practical management of the site.

What do they do?

The Friends of Hartshill Park undertake a variety of practical conservation tasks throughout the year. Previous projects include: 

  • Annual Spring Clean Events
  • Access improvements
  • Vegetation control
  • Path and step construction
  • Millennium copse planting
  • Bench installation
  • Pond restoration
  • Habitat creation

The friends also run a programme of events that are advertised locally and are free to join. 

The friends, where possible, involve other local groups and organisations and have close links with St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School.  The school have been actively involved in designing the Friends of Hartshill Park logo, tree and bulb planting, provision of "safe routes" for school children through the park and more recently designing three interpretive wooden benches that depict the history and wildlife found within the park.

What Next? 

Work is currently being carried out on the Convent Pools, with the help of a grant from Living Spaces.