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.

For many, volunteering has been life-changing.

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.