Skip to main content

Following the government's announcement on Monday 4 January 2021, you must follow national lockdown guidelines. For more information, visit GOV.UK. For information about changes to our services, visit our coronavirus section.

Become a Friend of Faversham Rec

Published Thursday 20 August, 2020
Last updated on Tuesday 22 September, 2020

People are being invited to become Friends of Faversham Rec to help shape and protect the future of the park and historical buildings.

Swale Borough Council’s new Friends of the Rec will give local people the ability to have their say on how the park is run following the £1.9 million investment to revamp the recreational ground.

The first meeting will be held at the Rec Bowling Club pavilion on Thursday 23 January at 7pm and will discuss how the group could be formed, how often they would meet and how to  use and further enhance the improvements that have been made in the past year.

The group will be updated on the restoration of the lodge and pavilion, how the park is to be landscaped with tree planting, rewilding and bee friendly beds, where paths, railings, benches and lighting will be placed, and how events and activities are run to maximise the use of the newly refurbished green space.

The formation of the group comes as part of the regeneration work at the rec, which started last year following £1.6 million funding from the Heritage Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund to restore many of the park’s historic features and improve the facilities.

Cllr Tim Valentine, cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

“This is the first informal meeting for those who are interested in being a Friend of Faversham Rec.

“We are starting the ball rolling to see how interested local residents are in the Rec. If we have a great response with people wanting to be involved, then we could look to form a more formal partnership.

“Everybody is welcome, and we look forward to seeing the local people who are interested in helping us preserve this important landmark for future generations.

“One of the items to be discussed will be the launch of the newly improved Rec once work is complete this summer.

“We are interested in what the community wants to see from their green spaces, which is why we saved the cherry tree from being removed last year.

“We committed to a five-year action plan of community engagement when we started the restoration of the Rec, and as work progresses, we want to open up the site’s history to new people who may not have thought about using the park previously.”

Cllr Mike Baldock, cabinet member for planning, said:

“Improvement work at the Rec will be completed this year, and we want to ensure the work done to restore the Grade II listed lodge, and repair and remodel the existing changing pavilion, is enjoyed by all. Especially the locals who have been patient while we complete the work.”

Banners about the meeting can be seen along the railings along the edge of the park.

The meeting will be approximately one hour, and refreshments will be available.

For more information about Faversham rec visit www.swale.gov.uk/faversham-recreation-ground.

Work to improve the park includes:

  • refurbishment of the former gardener’s lodge and loggias
  • restoration of original wrought iron gates and new boundary fence on Whitstable Road and Park Road
  • reinstatement of some areas of historical planting and paths
  • re-imagining unique features such as the drinking fountain and milestone
  • refurbishment of the main changing pavilion and toilet block
  • improvements to both the play area and skate park
  • development of a catering kiosk
  • creating an outdoor performance space
  • establishing a Community Park Forum
  • employing a park activities co-ordinator, park ranger and two horticultural apprentices
  • recruiting volunteers and offering training opportunities
  • a programme of events to bring the park alive