Park Volunteers

Grantham’s award-winning Wyndham Park has an impressive army of willing volunteers, whose behind the scenes work goes largely unseen by the park’s million annual visitors.

Increased volunteering was even a key measure of a successful £1.2m National Lottery Heritage Fund bid which has restored the park’s heritage as a WW1 Memorial Park.

Around 80 volunteers represent a remarkable cross section of the local community. For many, volunteering has been life-changing;

  • “I have met a lot of interesting people. Volunteering at the park gets me out the house and meeting people and also learning new tasks.  I plan to volunteer for a long time.” - A blind volunteer
  • “I had been off work being very poorly for 5 years and was at home in my own little bubble, virtually 24 / 7.  I was very nervous, but was greeted by a wall of smiling faces, welcomed by open arms.”

  • “I joined volunteers at the visitor centre following recovery from a serious health condition. I was unable to work, it had knocked my confidence and caused me to suffer from severe anxiety. Joining the team has given me confidence and inspired me to do more myself and presently awaiting to start a college course.”

Many of the park’s Green Flag-winning attractions would simply not be the same without the volunteers’ efforts, hosting in the new visitor centre, setting up and stewarding  events, manning stalls and even wading into the scenic River Witham for river care duties.

Others help with gardening and monitor the park’s environment with annual bat surveys and a dedicated biodiversity group.

All are co-ordinated by the Wyndham Park Forum, first launched in 2005 and  working in partnership with park owners South Kesteven District Council.

A fresh focus for volunteers is care and maintenance of the new Heroes Commemorative Orchard, where the Forum co-ordinated a £12,000 crowdfund campaign in conjunction with SKDC to plant 75 trees to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.