Many people have been commenting on how much better the park has become in recent times. This is largely down to the fact that there is a community that cares. A community that understands the amenity value of a local park. Over the past few years the community has worked hard to secure a high-spec children’s playground, which is now seen as one of the best play-spaces in the borough.

The woodland spaces have been improved by volunteers. New paths introduced, creating new interesting ways to explore the site. An overgrown pond at the front of the park was restored, and is now a regular stop-off for parents and children.



The Friends of Manor Park was established 2016 to lead and co-ordinate the interests of the local community at the park. We’re delighted at the progress that’s been made. When the group set up, the park was an unloved space in need of a lot of TLC. Announcing the formation of Friends of Manor Park lit a spark in the local community, which has meant that huge progress has been possible.


We work to protect and improve the park. We will fight hard to ensure that the interests of the community are put first in any decision. There is a committee that leads the work at the park. It is currently made up of 5 elected members: Simeon Linstead, Fiona Sowell, Nausheen Arnold, Bryn Jones and Matt Martin.

We run a weekday group which comprises a group of about 6 local residents, who work in the park on Mondays and Thursdays, litter picking, planting, maintaining informal paths, looking after the bird-feeding station and lots of other tasks.

The Friends team run large projects and these have included, creating a masterplan for the park, fundraising design work, securing funding for the new path, liaising with the council on the design and location of the new adult gym, maintaining the woodland spaces.

We also run events including the Christmas Lights Switch on at Plough Green, Naturefest and our summer walks programme.

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It’s been a while since we last conducted a park survey. We’d like to find what you think about the park. What you like and don’t like. What ideas you have. What new amenity you want to see.

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Last May, Hooky Street Coffee Co launched a mobile unit in Manor Park. This proved to be a great success. Neighbours would arrange to meet up and chat over a coffee and cake under the shade of the trees. Parents could sit and keep a watchful eye as their young ones played in the new playground.

Then in September, without warning, the council said the café would have to stop trading. We all felt that this was a very poor decision, that could easily have been avoided.

Since then a petition demanding the re instatement of the café, run by a local resident, Deborah De Ronde, hit 1,000 signatures.

The Friends of Manor Park Team has been working with the council behind the scenes to bring the cafe back. We had a site meeting at the start of February and are very hopeful that the café will return to the park by the start of April, in time for the summer months.



Saturday 24th February 2024, 10am-1pm



If you use the park, or would like to get to know more about it, we’d love to invite you to join a morning of fun activities aimed at improving the quality of our green spaces.

We’ll be planting wild-garlic in a small isolated woodland area, installing hedging along a perimeter boundary, bramble bashing, general woodland maintenance and litter-picking.

Refreshments will be served at 11am. A great opportunity to meet with fellow neighbours.

Please wear rough warm clothes and bring something waterproof. Wellies or boots are helpful. Gloves and tools will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own if you have them.



This is the first newsletter from the Friends of Manor Park team, intended to help connect you with the park and the work of the community to protect and improve this hugely important space.

If you’d like to ask a question, find out more about getting involved in our work, join a volunteer morning, help litter-pick or run a project, please drop us a line at



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They paid for the paper version to be printed and delivered to 3,000 local homes.

A big thank-you.