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Who we are

The Friends of Nuttall Park are a group of volunteers who help to keep the park tidy and through raising funds improve the park by adding playground equipment and plants.

We are always looking for new volunteers - contact us

Friends of Nuttall Park volunteers get involved in many ways

The Gardening Group meets on Tuesday afternoons 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. March to November to tend for flowerbeds and the wildflower patch, as well as general tidying of the park.

The Tea Room is open most weekends, and provides an income for the group. Look out for the signs

The toilets are opened when the base is open, and at other times when volunteers are available.  

Task Days are held throughout the year, when a number of volunteers meet to clear balsam, paint and clean the furniture in the park, tidy leaves, e.t.c.  

Events such as the Lantern Parade and Easter Fun Hunt are held to provide a community day out. Extra volunteers are required for these events.

    

Some of the volunteers help with most of the activities, and some only want to be involved with one activity.

We welcome extra volunteers who are prepared to help with any of the above activities. Please contact us if you can spare some time to improve the park

Hiring the Base

The Friends of Nuttall Park took over the management of the Nuttall Park Base in the centre of the park at the end of 2013. It is available for hire and is suitable for parties, meetings, craft activities,  e.t.c.

There is a small kitchen for serving tea, coffee and cold refreshments.

Booking enquiries should be made by email to

info@friendsofnuttallpark.co.uk

initially to provisionally reserve your chosen date and time, or use the contact page. The bookings page also shows current bookings

After we have confirmed the date is available, we will send an application form and the term and conditions (which are basically to clean and tidy up after use and remove all waste). The application form should be returned within 7 days to secure the booking. Payment can be made electronically or on the day. The current fees for private parties are £20 for 1 hour, £30 for 2 hours and £40 for 3 hours. Fees for longer hours will be advised at the time of booking. There are discounts for regular bookings and use of the base for community groups

Please note that bookings are for the base and public use of the park only and do not cover any other exclusive use of the park, such as organised activities, erecting gazebos or bouncy castles. These should be requested via the Parks and Countryside Service at Bury Metro or 0161 253 5899

How we raise and spend money

We have 3 sources of income

1) Hiring the base for community groups and private parties and companies

Regular users of the base are  Kids Rock, Bugs and Bees and QualitySports

2) Running a tea room on weekends

3) Holding special events such as Easter Fun Hunts, Plant Sales, Love Parks Week, Lantern Parade and Seasonal Weekend, and new for 2019 are Bands in the Park on selected Sunday afternoons. See the events page

In 2018 we raised over £10,000 from these 3 income streams and after expenses, we have £14,000 to spend in 2019 on park improvements, which will include an indoor toilet in the base and a new external door to enable events to be held away from the car park. We also welcome your suggestions.

In 2015, we added the zip wire and infant trim trail in the playground, the defibrillator case, plants for the wildflower garden and flower beds , and made the boules court

In 2016, we put a fence around the wildflower garden. This was partly funded by the Township Forum. We also added an accessible swing,

replaced the boules court, which was damaged in the boxing day floods,

and improved the toilets. We also worked with Bury Council to replace the bins to include lids to deter magpies and squirrels

In 2017, we expanded the perimeter path to be 1.8m wide.

 New path under construction

  Completed path

In 2018 we added more playground equipment

and also the stumpery, which will attract insects

 

Events

Foraging in Nuttall Park

Saturday 31st August from 2 - 4 p.m.

The afternoon is led by David Winnard of Discover The  Wild

We have organised another Foragaing in Nuttall Park event. the last one was in April 2018 and sold out, as we are restricted to 20 attendees. There is a small charge of £5 to cover David's expenses. Children under 16 are free if accompanied by a paying adult.

Late Summer/ Early Autumn offers some amazing plants and fungi that have culinary and medicinal uses, some of which have fascinating stories behind them. From the delightful Wild Garlic where Ramsbottom gets its name to berries and possibly mushrooms

The event will be held in Nuttall Park and surrounding area looking for  wild edibles, and will take place whatever the weather. Dress appropriately

If possible, due to holidays, book tickets using the Paypal form below before the 16th August, or call into the base when the Tea Room is open

Adult5.00 GBP
Child0.00 GBPchildren under 16 are free. Please enter if bringing children
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

 

Performances in Nuttall Park

 

Sunday 21st July from 1 p.m

Love Earth Day

Sunday 4th August 12, 2 and 4 p.m

Tangled Dance Company. 3 performances of 45 minutes each

Sunday 11th August from 1 p.m

Summers sessions in the Park  - for further details see facebook summersessionsrammy

Sunday 25th August from 1 p.m

Summers sessions in the Park - for further details see facebook summersessionsrammy

 

 

Posters

 

 

 

Tuesday  Gardening

The  Gardening club runs from 1.30 to 3.30 each Tuesday from March until the end of November.  It will restart on Tuesday 5th March 2019. Meet at the Nuttall Park Base or find us within the park and help us maintain the flower beds and wildflower garden and other areas of the park

Regular Events

Kids Rock are a private company who hire the base on a Wednesday morning in term time from 10:30 for music and songs for pre-school children.

Bugs and Bees Outdoor Toddler Group runs on a Friday morning from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Register at the Base

Junior Park Run

Every Sunday in Nuttall Park for 4 - 11 years old

A free event

You need to register once at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/

Weekend Tea Room

The Base will be used as a tea room when there are volunteers to run it, usually at weekends if the base is not booked for a party

There will be signs within the park when the tea room is open

and usually details on the facebook page. Come along and say hello. Refreshments are available with donations going to help further work in the park. If you can help, contact us.

Bat Walk

We hold regular Bat walks around the park run by Jerry Sorfleet

The next one is on Saturday 11th May, at dusk at 8.30 p.m.

Bookings

Base for Hire

The base is available for hire. It is suitable for children’s parties for up to 40 adults and children and meetings for 20 people. You are welcome to arrange a visit to the base to see if it is suitable for your event. The price for a party is £10 per hour, plus £10. The time should include setting up and tidying up afterwards. The price for a 3 hour party is thus £40 and a 4 hour party is £45, as there is a £5 discount

There is a regular term time booking on Morning morning for cleaning,  Wednesday morning by Kids Rock and on Friday morning by Bugs and Bees Outdoor toddler group, check the various facebook groups and websites for details

If there are no bookings at the weekend, and volunteers are available, the tea room will be open subject to volunteers being available, usually between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Check the facebook page.

If the entry is ‘Provisional Booking’ ; enquire and we will check if the date is available

Booking calendar

Contact

You can either contact us via email at info@friendsofnuttallpark.co.uk
or fill in the contact form below

Location

Nuttall Park is located just off the centre of Ramsbottom, Bury, Lancashire and the car park is down Nuttall Hall Rd.

There is foot access from Cormar Carpets under the railway bridge, and also access from Nuttall Lane

The postcode is BL0 9LU