Ealing Parks Foundation Open Evening.

An open evening was held last Thursday 24th January 2019 to announce the Ealing Parks Foundation. Thanks to Ros Bryar for kindly sending this report of the meeting.

The aim of this evening was to introduce the new Ealing Parks Foundation, to encourage people to apply to be trustees of the Foundation and to outline the benefits and role of Friends of Parks Groups. Speakers included Chris Bunting, Assistant Director, Leisure, Ealing Council; Cllr Mik Sabiers, Cabinet Member for Environment and Highways; Joanna Bussell, Partner, Winckworth Sherwood (law firm) and Colin Cooper, CEO, South West London Environment Network.

In November 2018 Ealing Council approved the setting up of the Ealing Parks Foundation as a new way of supporting parks and activity in parks. There are a few of these new organisations around the country including e.g. in Leeds: http://leedsparksfund.org/. The Foundation will be a fundraising charity aiming to raise funding for parks, to promote usage and preservation of parks and green spaces in Ealing. The Foundation will be launched in the summer 2019. There will be nine trustees, one nominated by the Council and eight appointed through an interview process over the coming months. Anyone who is interested in being a trustee should contact Joanna Bussell: jbussell@wslaw.co.uk.

The Foundation will work with a new Forum for Friends of Parks in Ealing, for example, distributing funding to Friends Groups. Currently there are only ten Friends of Parks Groups in Ealing and the aim is to increase this number. South West London Environment Network will be working with parks in Ealing over the next year to help set up Friends Groups.

As you can see from these developments, as well as the river cleaning noted in the previous post, a lot is happening in both the wider London borough of  Ealing and Perivale Park in particular. So watch this space for more developments!

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