Tree Week celebrated with planting

Councillors plant trees

National Tree Week was celebrated in Victoria Park on Saturday (30th November) by the planting of two lime trees by the Mayor of Ashford, Cllr Jenny Webb assisted by the Portfolio Holder for Environment and Land Management, Cllr Andrew Buchanan, and the Portfolio Holder for Culture, Tourism & Leisure, Cllr Peter Feacey.

The tree planting was followed by the planting of hundreds of spring bulbs by the Friends of Victoria Park and other volunteers.

Bring your trowel

To celebrate the funding award from National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Mayor of Ashford will be planting a tree

Saturday 30th November at 12pm

As part of the celebration, the Friends of Victoria Park will be planting bulbs in the park, daffodils and crocus, to create a display for the spring

Bulb planting 12.30 - 2pm

We are looking for volunteers to help with the planting, if you are interested please come along to plant one, ten or 100 bulbs!

We will be near the old park gates

Please bring a trowel!

Autumn colours

As we move further into autumn the colours to be seen in the Park continue to change.

See more in our Autumn Gallery

Annual General Meeting

The first Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Victoria Park will take place

  • at 7.00pm
  • on Thursday 24th October
  • at the Riverside Centre
    Clockhouse, Ashford, TN23 4YN

The agenda will include:

  • Reports from the Chair and treasurer,
  • Election of the management committee, and
  • a review of the constitution.

We also hope to have an update from Ashford Borough Council on the HLF project.

If anyone wishes to propose additional items for the agenda or nominations for the management committee then please contact us no later than 14th October

Family Fun Run photos

A selection of photographs from the Friends of Victoria Park Family Fun Run on 22nd September 2019.

All of the photos have been posted here

Our thanks to Kalysha Howard-Smith for the photos.

© You are welcome to copy/print photos of yourself and your family members for personal use. You must not copy photos of other participants or publish photos without first contacting us to gain permission.

Big Butterfly Count Results Revealed

This summer saw the biggest Big Butterfly Count to date, with more butterflies counted by more people than ever before. Thank you to everyone who took part - we couldn't have done it without you. Every single one of the 116,009 counts submitted will inform our work to save struggling species. As we suspected, Painted Ladies were the star of the season. Read the full results to see how other butterflies fared.

More than a million butterflies were counted and logged by Big Butterfly Count participants this summer. The full results have been published this week, revealing which species were seen.

The mass migration of Painted Ladies saw this butterfly rise up the ranks to become the most seen species of 2019's count. The iconic Peacock butterfly also had a good year, securing a solid second place.

It wasn't such good news for our blue butterflies, with sightings of the Common and Holly Blue both down on last year.

Discover how what you saw compares with the butterflies spotted by others across the UK.

Read the full results...

Family Fun Run

Come and join us for this Fun Run for all the family. There will also be an opportunity to complete the Friends of Victoria Park Phototrail and find out about the planned improvements to Victoria Park.

Sunday 22nd September 2019

11.00 am – 1.00 pm

All runners should check-in by 11.30 am.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Why not bring a picnic and enjoy the park after the run!

Register now on Eventbrite

Final Summer 5k route

By popular request we are going to repeat the August route for the final Victoria Park Summer Series 5k Run on 4th September. We have had lots of fun at previous runs, and can't wait for this one!  Sign up now