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/ Beverley Perkins - Friends of Ellington Park
How long have you lived in Ramsgate?
I have lived in Ramsgate for 10 years and have been Chair of the Friends of Ellington Park for 16 months.
Why did you start helping the local community?
There was already a strong community spirit centred on the park, which I found very appealing.
What are your earliest memories of Ramsgate?
Ramsgate is such a lovely town, with friendly, generous people – the friends of Ellington Park are an example of this.
What are your ambitions?
Our ambition is to improve the park for the local community and visitors with the help of our 50+ volunteers.
What are you currently working on or towards in Ramsgate?
By including local schools, we hope the next generation will love and protect the park for many years to come.
Why did you start this current project?
Currently we’re creating a wildlife garden with funding from the People’s Million, local students are making some of the furniture as part of their ‘A Level’ studies and 6 sculptures which will be in the garden next spring.
Where did you get the idea from to start this?
The park desperately needs water for the birds, bats and other animals in the wildlife garden, it grew from that!
What can Ramsgate look forward to from you in the future?
We are hoping to be granted monies from the Heritage Lottery Fund to regenerate other areas of the park including the bandstand, paths, railings and gates. Facilities will include a Learning Centre, a café and a shop, as well as much needed toilets.
How do you feel your contribution has helped or made a difference to Ramsgate?
The Friends have over 50 regular volunteers and many more ad-hoc helpers; this has fostered community spirit by the bucket full! Local school children have planted daffodils and geraniums that they will be able to show to their children one day!
Where do you see yourself helping the community in a years time?
If we get the HLF monies we’ll be regenerating the park; if we don’t, we’ll be fundraising to make the improvements in a piecemeal fashion. Either way, we are determined to bring the community together in this wonderful, historic park.