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16 June 2016

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Senior councillors joined forces at the Walled Garden in Forty Hall Park this week to encourage more people to be Enfield Heroes and volunteer to work in the beautiful grounds of the Jacobean mansion with the Friends of Forty Hall Park.

Senior councillors joined forces at the Walled Garden in Forty Hall Park this week to encourage more people to be Enfield Heroes and volunteer to work in the beautiful grounds of the Jacobean mansion with the Friends of Forty Hall Park

The Leader of Enfield Council Cllr Doug Taylor, the Mayor of Enfield Cllr Bernadette Lappage, along with Cllr Ayfer Orhan Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services & Protection and Cllr Vicki Pite Associate Cabinet Member for Enfield North, got down and dirty with the Friends to give the area a once over.

To support the important work done by Enfield Council's maintenance teams the Friends have put out a plea for more volunteers, people who give up their own time to help keep the area blooming and the weeds from taking over.

The Friends urgently need an influx of new volunteers not just to work in the Walled Garden but for a variety of jobs such as conservation, fund raising, educational projects and much more. There is a job for everyone and people of all ages and with all levels of experience are welcome.

Enfield Council is currently running an Enfield Heroes campaign, which is asking residents who have some free time on their hands to consider volunteering it to a local good cause. It is estimated that 40 per cent of the population volunteer their time and Enfield Council wants more people to join this dedicated band of Enfield Heroes to encourage more people to help make a real difference to their communities by helping out in ways which include helping those more vulnerable than themselves, or doing odd jobs for community organisations.

Jo-Ann Brown, Events and Volunteer Organiser for the Friends of Forty Hall Park said "This year five of my skilled volunteers were all on leave at the same time, which meant as soon as the weather warmed up and a good shower of rain fell on the Walled Garden the weeds seemed to spring up overnight! This could have been a disaster because it looked like we might not have been able to enter Enfield in Bloom 2016!

"This wouldn’t have been good morale for volunteers as we had successfully been awarded Enfield in Bloom Gold for the past three years. However when the councillors heard this they quickly all rallied round help get the Walled Garden into shape."

The Leader of Enfield Council, Cllr Doug Taylor, said: "An estimated 100,000 heroes in Enfield already give up their free time to help others and every day volunteers are doing something that makes a huge difference to other people in the borough.

"We have a great volunteering tradition in Enfield and want even more people to give their free time to really transform the lives of people in genuine need of help and assistance. The gardens of Forty Hall are beautiful and it would be an absolute delight to volunteer in such an oasis."

If you would like to become a volunteer for the Friends of Forty Hall Park call Jo-Ann Brown on 020 8292 8325 or 07719 476485.