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Friends of Victoria Gardens

Teddy Bears Picnic

Friends at Work

Friends of Victoria Gardens were established in May 2008 with the full support of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, who is responsible for the gardens.

The aim of the Friends' is to work closely with the Borough Council's Parks Section to make improvements to Victoria Gardens, which will not only benefit the community but be enjoyed by future generations.

Activities

Last year saw the continuation of two popular events from the previous year, the Teddy Bears' Picnic in July and the Christmas Festival in December. It is hoped that these two events will become annual fixtures.

In October the FOVG was the focus of the Rotary Community 2000 table top sale where over £700 pounds was raised and, together with the monies raised from the picnic and the Christmas festival, more than £1,000 has been collected throughout the year. This money will go towards improvements to the gardens which, hopefully, will include the renewal of the railings in original Victorian style wrought iron.

Projects

The Friends received a whooping £3,875 from Comma Funds to create a wooded area on the redundant land behind the gardeners' shed. The Friends helped to clear away brambles and was involved in planting the woodland area and, with the help of the Chesil Cove Juniors, planted thousands of Snowdrop bulbs. Once the trees have established, a path through the woodland will be created so that it can be opened up to the public.

Two new noticeboards will be placed in the entranceways to the gardens this spring, which have been funded by the Friends and Tim and Denise Clark, of Clark's Boatworks Ltd.

The Munsty's Group has continued to work in the gardens throughout the year. Bulbs were planted by pupils from Underhill School; their flowerbed display won second prize for the Best Community Group Floral Display in this year's Portland Town Council Community Gardening competition.

The Friends continue to regularly assist the council's team of Portland gardeners by picking up litter and keeping the gardens free of graffiti.

Keeping In Touch

The Friends produce a twice yearly newsletter which we can send to you by email. We would also like to advise you of events and occasionally let you now when we need a little help, not money, for a project in the gardens. If you would like us to keep in contact with you by email, please reply to fovgdrp@btinternet.com. The Friends look forward to hearing from you.

If you would like to become a member of the group please email  grigsbymeister@gmail.com

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