This Association, set up in January 2007 by a group of Parkgate residents and others, seeks to enhance the Park Fields in the village of Parkgate for the benefit of local and other users, and to protect this area of Open Space from any inappropriate development.

We aim to:

– Inform and consult with Parkgate residents and other users of the fields over any proposed development of this land
– Act as a representative body in dealings with the Local Authority in the interests of the community and all users of this open space
– Safeguard the traditions of the village of Parkgate by preserving the natural beauty, setting and character of Park Fields.

LOTTERY GRANT HELPS FRIENDS!
The Friends of Park Fields have recently been granted an award from the “Awards for All” Big  Lottery Fund, which is being used to carry out the Friends’ planned programme of work to improve the area known locally in Parkgate as “The Cowfield”.

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The hedges around the Cowfield have been badly neglected for many years and the Friends have engaged the BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) to carry out hedgelaying along the Wood Lane boundary of the field, and to gap up areas of the hedgeline which are in decline.

The Committee and a group of local volunteers recently spent an enjoyable few hours over a sunny and bright weekend on the field, clearing away the debris and burning the “brash”.  Further VolunteerDays are planned for the 1st Saturday of the month, starting in April, when we hope to do some hedge planting and create “Trial Plots” to establish the best way to turn an area of the field into a wild flower meadow.  All volunteers will be welcome and we hope to encourage local people to get involved and to come and join us, if only for an hour or two.

Over the last few months, two new benches have been sited on the field to enable those who want to sit for a while and enjoy the beautiful views across the Dee Estuary to Wales to do so.  One bench was donated by Neston Town Council.  More recently, our local Councillor, Mrs Brenda Dowding, donated another bench and some money for improvements to the entrances of the Cowfield from her Member Grant Budget. W Bibby Limited of Mill Yard, Leighton Road, Neston, were kind enough to make and donate the fixing brackets for the benches.  The Friends would like to thank all the above for their most generous contributions.

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If you would like to be involved, either as a member, or a volunteer (in any capacity, however small {delivering leaflets, or getting involved in light or heavy manual work on the field from time to time} please get in touch.  We would love to welcome you into a friendly and worthwhile organisation.  Just get in touch with the Secretary (Chris Try) on 336 7472 or by email to christine_try@yahoo.co.uk

Everyone interested and concerned about safeguarding Park Fields as an amenity that contributes to the health, happiness and well-being of local people and visitors is invited to join our membership.

A full Management Plan, to ensure a co-ordinated, consistent and sympathetic management approach to the area known as Park Fields, has now been prepared, together with an Executive Summary. Copies are available to view or download at the bottom of the page.

For further information or for any enquiries engendered by the plan, contact christine_try@yahoo.co.uk

Download the documents (PDF format)

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