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Friends of Blakers Park


Friends of Parks : Friends of Blakers Park


latest update 17 December 2015

about the friends

The Friends began in 1989 as a community group to protect the park from a specific threat – the proposal to lay a hard surface over the southernmost area and “condense” the playground.

A well-organised campaign prevented it from happening and the area is now the extremely popular children’s playground. From that enthusiastic launch, the Friends has grown into a local institution, focused on enhancing the park.
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How Blakers Park began
Alderman John George Blaker had done very nicely during his municipal career in the late 19th century. He became Mayor of Brighton three times and even received, by the age of 43, a Knighthood.

Then he built a substantial house at 79 Stanford Avenue and while he was Chairman of Brighton Council’s Works Committee – a particularly influential position in relation to local developments. Not surprisingly, he also owned several parcels of land in the area, some of which he sold to builders.

By giving the land now known as Blakers Park to the people of the town in 1894, he enhanced the area where he lived. It was certainly a generous act but not entirely without self-interest. It meant there was an open space around the corner from his home, rather than more rows of houses.

By giving the land now known as Blakers Park to the people of the town in 1894, Alderman John George Blaker enhanced the area where he lived.

what we do

  • We chivvy and work with the Council to keep the park up to scratch.
  • We improve the park through our planting programme.
  • We put on community events.
  • We support neighbourhood organisations and community groups that wish to use the park.

There is a committee of volunteers and everyone who has good ideas and wants to help is welcome to get involved. Membership is open to all and is ridiculously affordable at £3 a year.

join the friends
We’re a happy band of local resident volunteers helping to enhance and protect the park. We would love to have your help so that Blakers Park continues to thrive.

You can get involved with Gardening, The Easter Fun Day, The Community Fair & Picnic, Christmas Carols, Newsletters, New Tree Nurturing or any other aspect of caring for the park.
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To find out more please email us friends@blakerspark.org.uk OR friendsofblakerspark@gmail.com. You can contact us via Facebook at Blakers Park Friends You can contact us via Twitter @frndsblakerspark

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Friends of Blakers Park
about the friends
what we do
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how blakers park began

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From that enthusiastic launch, the Friends has grown into a local institution, focused on enhancing the park
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Parks: see also


Friends of Preston Park
Friends of Queen’s Park
Friends of St. Ann’s Well Gardens
Friends of Stoneham Park, Hove
Friends of Three Cornered Copse

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