Voluntary group for award winning Telford Town Park gardens wins support from new sponsor

A
voluntary group working to promote, conserve and protect the award winning
Telford Town Park has scooped the support of a new sponsor.

Kirsty Smallman, director at J&PR, and Chris Pettman, chairman of FOTTP
Kirsty Smallman, director at J&PR, and Chris Pettman, chairman of FOTTP

Friends
of Telford Town Park (FOTTP) is now sponsored by J&PR Ltd, based in
Wellington, which will see the PR and content creation agency boost the profile
of the voluntary group.

The
group, which carries out projects like woodwork, painting and gardening, works
alongside council contractors to maintain the Maxell and Chelsea Gardens, as
well as other areas of the 450 acre site.

The
group of volunteers work every Wednesday in the gardens and have recently
returned following lockdown.

Chris
Pettman, Chairman of FOTTP, said he is looking forward to working with J&PR
who will make more people aware of the gardens and the work of the group.

He said: “It is great to be part of this new partnership which we hope will mutually benefit us both.

“We
have been looking for someone to help us with our PR for a long time and we
were thrilled when Kirsty from J&PR agreed to allocate us a dedicated PR
account manager as part of their CSR programme.

“It
is great for a business to want to volunteer their time to help a local
community group like ours and I know we are very fortunate to be offered their
professional PR and marketing services.

“We
are excited to tell more people about the work we do and reach more people.”

Kirsty
Smallman, co-director at J&PR, said: “We are delighted to support the work
of the Friends of Telford Town Park – their invaluable voluntary work ensures
the gardens look amazing for visitors to our town.

“They
work very hard and the gardens wouldn’t be what they are without the group.

“The
town park is used by so many families but I think so many are walking past
these beautiful gardens without realising what they offer.

“There’s
benches for people to enjoy picnics, there’s areas for people to enjoy some
peace and sensory gardens too. 

“People
of all ages should be enjoying these beautiful gardens in the heart of Telford.

“The
volunteers are amazing and always welcome more volunteers who are looking for
company, to learn a new skill or simply want to support the town park.

“We
look forward to boosting their profile over the next 12 months as part of our
commitment to the community.”

Telford
Town Park has won a Green Flag Award for five consecutive years, which included
UK Best Park in 2015 and Getting Active in 2017, and FOTTP were also handed the
Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in June this year.

As
well as looking for new volunteers to join their team, FOTTP is also looking
for a new secretary and more supporters who want to hear about what they’re
doing and join Telford & Wrekin Community Lottery, Twincl, which boosts
their income for tools and equipment.

The
working party currently meet on a Wednesday but could introduce an additional
Saturday group for people who can only be involved at the weekend, if there is
demand.  For more information visit www.friendsoftelfordtownpark.org/
or call 01952 382340.

Shropshire Live