Friends of Hollingworth Lake is a group of residents, users, visitors and local businesses with the aim of developing and improving new and existing facilities, the local environment and the safety of the Hollingworth Lake Country Park (HLCP) area for the benefit of all.
Aims and Objectives
Friends are a not for profit group, formed in June 2007 with support and encouragement from Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council. Our aims are:
To help develop new and existing facilities at HLCP to improve, create and restore the environment and increase usage.
To provide an accessible, safe environment for the enjoyment of all users, visitors and residents irrespective of age, disability, race or sex.
To be responsible for fundraising initiatives and for raising public awareness about issues at HLCP.
To apply to funding bodies to contribute towards improvement and development projects within HLCP. Funds that are obtained will be re-invested into the Country Park.
To provide a public space where environmental and wildlife issues are balanced with encouraging public access.
To further or benefit the residents, users and visitors of hollingworth lake country park and the neighbourhood, without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or of political, religious or other opinions by associating together the said residents, users and visitors and the local authority, voluntary and other organisations in a common effort to advance education regarding the nature within and history of hollingworth lake country park and to work to improve the hollingworth lake country park facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation leisure time with the objective of improving the hollingworth lake country park for the residents, users and visitors.
What do we do?
The group meets regularly to discuss issues concerning Hollingworth Lake Country Park and to organise:
Walks and talks about the flora, fauna and history of the lake
Cleanups and litter picks
Practical conservation activities such as Balsam bashes and habitat improvements
Awareness-raising and publicity campaigns and projects such as the Sensory Garden
During 2010 the Friends of Hollingworth Lake were successful in obtaining a grant from the Community Spaces fund which enabled the group to complete the Enviro-gym off Rakewood Road. Here are some photographs from the launch event which was held on the 7th of August 2010.
What’s in it for me?
Knowing you are contributing to maintaining and improving a site of natural beauty and importance
Being a valued member of the community and having a say in the management of your local environment
Having an opportunity to take part in projects and group activities
Receiving regular minutes and having voting rights a regular meetings and at the Annual General Meeting
Having an influence over the strategy of what happens within the group