Friends of Aden getting to grips with remit
Despite still being in its infancy, the newly formed Friends of Aden Country Park Development Committee has lost no time in getting to grips with its remit of working with the organisations and individuals who are already part of the Park. In this regard the committee hope to be of help wherever and whenever it can, and has discussed several issues that may have an effect on the Park and its future.
It is testament to those already involved with the management and day to day running of the Park that it is the beautiful, green space that we see today, providing a peaceful and relaxing place to walk the dog, or just to recharge the batteries after the working day. Although it might look natural, those of us with gardens of any size know it takes a great deal of work to keep it this way, as woodlands and green spaces need constant maintenance to keep them tidy and free from weeds, and looking as we expect them to.
There is more that can be done in the Park to encourage wildlife to move in and make the experience for the public even more enjoyable, whilst at the same time helping to provide a safe haven for some species who are at risk of losing their habitat elsewhere. Also, there are some areas of the Park that urgently need refurbishment and restoration if they are not to fall into total disrepair, and unfortunately, some of this work is outwith funds currently available. If things are to move on, despite the budget restrictions being experienced, then it is up to the community at large to step in and do what they can to help, and this is why, after much consultation, it was decided to create The Friends of Aden Country Park to help to facilitate this.
The Committee is looking for members of the local community to volunteer their time and expertise to help with various tasks in and around the Park on an 'as and when' basis. Local folk with skills such as carpentry, joinery, masonry, or knowledge of old farm machinery and how best to restore it, or those just willing to offer their help with painting, mending, and general tidying up would be very much welcomed. Even if you can only give an hour or two now and again, then please come forward. You do not necessarily have to become an official member of the Friends, so please get in touch if you would like to help to secure the future of a very important resource in an age when green space is fast disappearing under concrete.