Our Friends Group

Some Friends group team members explain why they help out and the rewards of volunteering in the park.

ALAN - Chairman

I have lived in Cotgrave since 2016. When I first came to the area I didn’t even know the Country Park existed!

 

Once discovered, I was taken with the open spaces and wild beauty of the Park and became a regular user and fan. I started to help with some Sunday volunteer task days and got to know the Friends Group and supported their aims.

 

In 2020 I volunteered to lead the Friends Group because I want to continue to steer the work already started to sympathetically improve and preserve the wild beauty of the Country Park for future generations of all ages.

 

We are so fortunate to have this wonderful place on our doorstep. I regularly walk out in the park with my wife in all seasons and it is great place to relax and unw

Take part in a creative group that teaches you how to craft wood products. Exercises on how to use wood tools and woodworking techniques.

ROXY - Warden

I have been a volunteer warden at Cotgrave Country Park since 2016.

 

I love the natural beauty of the park, so it's great to volunteer, meet new people and learn new skills, which help to improve the environment, for people and the wildlife.

 

It's a great chance to learn from both the project leaders and the other people taking part in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. 

 

One of the hardest things I have ever done was learning to lay hedges, very physically demanding, but in a good way.

 

When you volunteer you choose the activities you want to take part in and work to your own limits. It really is a lot of fun.

 

SUE - Warden

I became a warden soon after my husband died and I love it because it gets me out into the fresh air. 

 

I am a country girl at heart and I like to watch the changes in the seasons, looking for fungi and mosses in the park.

 

When I am wearing my green warden jacket in the park people often pause to chat with me which is nice, particularly during lockdown.

 

I combine walking with litter picking, helping to keep the park tidy.

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