More park volunteers needed to fundraise

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VOLUNTEERS are needed to ensure a park is available for future generations.

The volunteers who maintain Burton Latimer Pocket Park are looking for more help, especially to raise the £1,000 needed each year to keep it open.

Group secretary Maureen Jerram said: “It would just be overgrown and unusable if there were no volunteers at all.”

About five volunteers raise the £500 for rent and funds for fuel for the mower and other costs.

Mrs Jerram, 67, of North Avenue, Burton Latimer, said more volunteers were needed to help organise the annual duck race, which is the park’s biggest fundraiser.

The race, which will take place on June 10 this year, sees hundreds of people at the park to race plastic ducks along the River Ise tributary.

New volunteers could also help with general maintenance, such as mowing, hedge laying, clearing areas and making bird boxes, and publicise the park.

Mrs Jerram would also like to start offering educational trips to the park for pupils at the town’s two primary schools.

The brook is a haven for insects and flowers.

To volunteer or for more information about the park email Mrs Jerram at mjerram@tiscali.co.uk or call her on 01536 725524.