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November 26th 2022 – The Friends of Castle Park Tidy up the Castle Mound

What a lovely Saturday morning out in the fresh air! Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who helped us clear up litter and vegetation from the castle mound. The weather was ideal and we achieved a lot in a short time. The heritage of this site is so important and keeping the area clear of litter and removing problematic vegetation contributes towards protecting the historic castle walls and highlights the beauty of the space.

To get involved with future conservation activities, please contact: focp.conservation@gmail.com

November 8th 2022 – The Friends of Castle Park need YOU!

The Friends of Castle Park are a group of volunteers who dedicate their free time to enhancing Castle Park, which is situated in the heart of Bishops Stortford. One of the main aims of the Friends group is to increase usage of the park for the greater community and ensure that Castle Park is an enjoyable and inclusive space to visit. In order to do this, we need more volunteers to support our work!

There are varying opportunities for everyone to become involved, like assisting with heritage and conservation activities, or perhaps you might be interested in taking on an officer role to support the running of the group. However you get involved, the Friends of Castle Park is a fantastic facilitator for individuals to enhance the community, meet new people, and learn new skills. To find out more and get involved, please contact: committee@friendsofcastlepark.net


September 6th 2019 – Final Day of Community Archaeological Digs

What a grand two weeks it has been, from scorching 30+ degree heat to pouring it down with rain! The group of volunteers have learnt many new skills and begun the journey of unearthing the history of Castle Park. It has been a pleasure for us working  in partnership with L~P: Archaeology, who have not only provided vast amounts of knowledge and skills, but also provided much laughter! We will be working with them for the next three years to deliver the archaeological and heritage aspect of the National Lottery Heritage Fund project. There were many interesting discoveries and finds over the two weeks, these will be reported on and documented shortly.


August 29th 2019 – First week of Archaeological Dig Nears an End

We have had a fantastic week working with L-P: Archaeology East of England on the first week of two community archaeological digs. We managed to survive 33 degree heat for the first two days and lots of rain on the third day! The volunteers have been supported by  L-P: Archaeology, learning new skills and discovering the history of Castle Park. We welcome everyone to our Heritage Day, showcasing the finds on Sunday September 1st 11am – 3pm at Castle Park.  L-P: Archaeology will be attending to answer any questions you might have! There will also be a chance for children to become involved in replica digs and have a look at what has been found in the park.


 August 20th 2019 – A Visit to the U3A Annual Show

U3A Annual Show was held on Tuesday at Markwell Pavilion in Castle Park, the Bishop’s Stortford U3A was started in 1985, and currently has over seventy interest groups, with a total membership in excess of 1,000. At the annual show there was a showcase of home-grown vegetables, homemade jams, chutneys and cakes and an array of flowers. The group who regularly meet at Markwell Pavilion have an array of activities for everyone to enjoy and join in with.


August 15th 2019 – We are in the news !

The 2019 Wildlife Day was a great success and we are already looking forward to 2020! The Bishops Stortford Independent published this vibrant gallery to their paper. Everyone who attended had a great time; there were plenty of activities throughout the day to entertain the whole family, from bug collecting, bird of prey display and much more!

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