The Friends group was formed in 2004 and became very active, promoting the regeneration of the Ferry Glen and Back Braes areas which had fallen into a sorry state of disrepair from vandalism, littering and fly-tipping. Over time good relationships were built with the Council and other grant bodies allowing grant money to be raised for the refurbishment of the two areas.
As a group we manage and develop the paths & steps & the wooded area that runs through the centre of Queensferry. This includes caring for the perennial and wildflower beds, cutting back vegetation, planting and maintenance of tress, building wattling fences and litter picking.
We also enjoy special projects e.g. building a stone bench on the main pathway.
Throughout the year tours of interest are organised e.g. herb walks, dawn chorus walks.
As a group we enjoy social outings and events which guarantee good fellowship and laughter.
The group meets on a Monday morning at 9:30am at the entrance to Ashburnham Housing Estate just off Station Road.
What do we do?
The group volunteer their time and energy to get involved with a huge range of different projects including:
- Fundraising for improvements and events in the park
- Enhancing biodiversity (e.g. creation of wildflower meadows, installing bird and bat boxes)
- Practical tasks like clean-ups, tree planting and improving access
- Contributing to the planning and management of the park or cemetery
- Leading walks and talks
- Producing leaflets and other educational material
- Removal of graffiti
- Wildflower planting
- Insect habitat
- Clearing of scrub growth and brambles
- Owl boxes
- Tree planting
- Litter picking
- Himalayan balsam pulling
We also meet a few times a year to discuss ongoing issues and projects we are working on, usually with a guest speaker and refreshments.
For further information on how to get involved, please get in touch.