Friends of the War Memorial Park
The Friends of the War Memorial Park (FWMP) Group was established in March 2006, with the aim of promoting, developing and maintaining the War Memorial Park for the residents of the City of Coventry. Since its formation, the FWMP has been involved in many aspects of the maintenance and enhancement of the park.
Achievements so far
A major early achievement of the FWMP was their successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund and The Big Lottery, for funds to refurbish the War Memorial Park, which resulted in them being awarded a grant of £2.8 million. As a direct result of this, many areas of the park have been improved and extended. Major areas of improvement were the area around the Monument, and the central pavilion which has become the new Visitors Centre.
In 2010, FWMP successfully applied to the Changing Spaces programme of the Big Lottery for a grant of £50,000 to refurbish the children's play area for those under 8yrs of age. The play area for older children was also funded in part from the Lottery and match-funded by Coventry City Council.
The FWMP have helped plant snowdrops and crocuses, and the raised beds in the German Garden. The Friends have also been involved in clearing undergrowth to reveal the outline of the entrance to the air raid shelter, and have developed a History Trail of the Park. They have also assisted with tree labelling, and recently completed a Tree Trail of the park.
Earlier this year FWMP joined with Coventry City Council on the Rose Garden project. This circular bed between the Leamington Road entrance and the Monument, has been refurbished and replanted, mainly through individual donations made in memory of loved ones.
FWMP works closely with Coventry City Council on all aspects of the use and development of the War Memorial Park. They are currently researching a gym trail and distance markers for fitness activities in the park. They are also looking at ways of developing the North Pavilion near Earlsdon Avenue South, and have been involved with the recent application for Green Flag status. The Friends host a stall at Earlsdon Festival each year, and organise regular events for dog owners and other users of the park, as well as the annual Carol concert.
The Friends seek more members to join them in continuing their work to protect and shape the future of the War Memorial Park, in order that everyone in the community may continue to enjoy it. They meet monthly in the Visitor Centre during the summer, and every 2 months during the winter.
For the next meeting date, or for more information about joining the Friends, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 024 7667 6368.