Friends of Broomhill were inaugurated in May 2007 after approaches to local residents by Bob Wade (then Medway Chief Ranger) and Cllr Stephen Hubbard. We became a registered charity in 2013, the first greenspace friends group in Medway to attain this status. This gives us access to many more funding opportunities and we are able to claim gift-aid on all membership subscription and donations.
Our group are dedicated to the improvement and enrichment of Broomhill Park. The park has received the prestigious Green Flag award for the 11th consecutive year during 2022, a fantastic accolade! Friends of Broomhill are proud to have received the South & South East in Bloom Award (The Community Gardening Category) consistently since first entering in 2011.
Friends of Broomhill own the Old Orchard, a nine acre woodland site, adjacent to the park. We hold regular task days through the year where volunteers meet and carry out maintenance tasks. We are very proud to have received a Wilder Kent Bronze Award 2022 from the Kent Wildlife Trust, recognising our work in the Old Orchard woodland to restore and improve the habitat for wildlife.
Sadly, one of our founders, Bob Wade, died in February 2011, so in commemoration we dedicate our February Sunday task day to him. There is also a large commemorative stone at the apex of the park with a inscription in memory of Bob Wade.
We work very closely with Medway Council to enable our park to be 'Strood's Hidden Gem'. All our work is ongoing and can only happen with help from wonderful volunteers so if you would like to get involved please contact us (details below).
If you would like to support us please use the donate button below.
Have you seen the new brick seat in the Old Orchard? It is located at the entrance at the top of the Park. This seat has engraved tiles set into the top, which were purchased by private individuals and companies who donated towards the cost of purchasing The Old Orchard. We hope you'll look out for it on your next walk in the park!
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