Events

 Conservation Tasks 2022

Help us support and improve the biodiversity and habitat of Castle Park. To find out more and how to get involved contact focp.conservation@gmail.com.

Please complete the Volunteer Disclaimer form and send to focp.conservation@gmail.com.

January 29th – Hedge and tree planting
Join us at 10 am – 12 noon for a morning of hedge and tree planting. Meet our team leaders at the Link Road car park for 10 am.

February 25th – Litter pick
Litter pick 11 am – 12 noon at Castle Park, all equipment provided. Please meet our team leaders at the Link Road car park for 11am.

March 19th – Tree maintenance
Maintenance of trees and hedges 10 am -11 am in Sworder’s Field. Help the Friends of Castle Park clearing shrub and vegetation from newly planted trees and hedges. Meet the team leaders at the Link Road car park.

April 22nd – Bat walk.
Join the Friends of Castle Park for an interactive guided bat walk along the River Stort. Perfect activity for all the family. Please meet at the Link Road car park entrance, wearing appropriate clothes and footwear. Suggested donation of £5 per adult to support the work of the Friends of Castle Park.

May 9th – 15th May in support of Mental Health Awareness Week 
Thursday, 12th May 10am and 1pm  –
Join nature expert Finch on a guided walk around the park. Explore the variety of wildlife and natural habitat in your local town park. To book place in either the morning or afternoon please email committee@friendsofcastlepark.net .

Saturday, 14th May 10am to 12noon – Help us bring some colour to the park! We are planting a new area of wildflower by the children’s play area, come along and lend a helping hand. To book your place please email focp.conservation@gmail.com or if you see us at the park come and say hello! 

June – Clearing of nettles around benches
July – Nature walk
August – Himalayan balsam pulling 
September – Create crushed stone path to bridge
October – Nettle clearing 
November – Clearing of the mound
December – TBC

Watch this space for upcoming activities.

Events 2022

Festival of Cycling 12 June, 10am to 3pm on Sworder’s Fields
Free community cycling event for all the family! Join us along with British Cycling and the Bishop’s Stortford Climate group to promote and celebrate cycling in Bishop’s Stortford. If you keep an eye out on our Facebook events page, you can find out more about whats going on.

Couch to 20k with FooteSteps Coaching and tri_konasana_  – Starting every Wednesday from 15 June at 9.15am to 10.15am for 6 weeks at Castle Park. This is a great group cycling training initiative supported by coaches Laurence and Lucy. Whatever your fitness or goal, you can gain confidence on your bike, and be part of a friendly and supportive group. 
You will need a mechanically sound bike (road, hybrid or mountain bike) and helmet (BS EN 1078 standard). To find out more email laurencefoote@hotmail.com . Sign up now.

Couch to 5k with FooteSteps Coaching – Every Wednesday commencing January 12th.
Friendly coached group helping new and returning runners to complete a 30 mins or 5k run over 8 weeks. If you are able to walk briskly for 20 mins then you are ready for this group. Sign up now.

Wellies in the Woods with Groundwork East – Commencing January 26th
Wellies in the Woods is a free 8 week family learning course starting at Castle Park. Activities vary each week and include bug hunting, natural crafts, games, den building and more! All activities are suitable for pre-school aged children (2-5 year olds). Sign up here.

Update coming soon for events in 2022 – including community archaeology.

Friends of Castle Park Meetings

The Friends of Castle Park meet every three months to discuss the direction of the group and opportunities. The meetings are usually held from 7pm – 8.30pm at Bishops Stortford Town Council Chambers, Windhill, CM23 2ND. Currently meetings are being held via Zoom. We welcome everyone who has an interest in their local park and community, so come along and say hello!

Meeting dates for 2022 are:

  • March 1st
  • June 7th 
  • September 6th
  • December 6th (AGM)

Regular Events

HSBC Breeze Rides (British Cycling) COMING SOON!!!

Parkrun – FREE, timed, 5 km run, jog or walk, every Saturday morning at 09.00am.  Meet at the bandstand 8.50am for a briefing. You need to have registered with Parkrun beforehand and receive your barcode! For further information: Castle Park Parkrun.

Riverfly Monitoring – This is a monthly occurrence, to find out more please email Anne Brolly.

Health Walks – FREE, led walks, every Friday, helping everyone get outdoors, get more active and reap the benefits.  First steps at 10.15 (20 min), Grade 1 at 11.00 (30 min, about 1.5 miles) and Grade 2 (45 min, about 2 miles).  Meet at the entrance to Castle Park by the Link Road car park.  For further information: Hertfordshire Health Walks.

NCT Walk and Talk – Weekly walk and talk sessions at Castle Park. These events are for local parents and carers to meet and get some fresh air whilst having a much-needed natter! Find out more here.

We regularly update our events page and if you see something you are interested in and would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact us via our contact page or email us at committee@friendsofcastlepark.net.