The Friends of Itter Park (FoIP) is a non-profit community organisation formed in 2006 with the aim of proactively developing and improving the park and ensuring it is looked after by the landowners, Peterborough City Council.
The group is run by a small number of very committed volunteers, many of whom live in the local area. They give up their spare time to raise funds in the form of family orientated events such as The Easter Egg Hunt, Summer Fun Day and other community events as well as monthly car boot sales during the summer months.
FoIP use every single penny raised at these events to help fund future family orientated events and park improvement projects, some examples of which include installation of the basketball hoop in the recreation grounds, creation of the Sensory Garden in the centre of the formal gardens, information signage around the park detailing foliage growing within the park and wildlife that can be seen visiting on a regular basis and purchase of two external table tennis tables to attract younger people to the park.
Our most recent project included complete renovation of the two wildlife ponds. This was done in partnership with wildlife experts Froglife in order to encourage biodiversity.
Depending on fundraising, future projects could include replanting and further general maintenance of both the sensory garden and pond areas.
This award winning Green Flag park is a gem in the heart of the Walton community which offers rich and valuable green space to people living in the north of the city. Protecting and improving the facilities is a priority, but being a small group what we can achieve is limited. So if you want to know more about community events and projects undertaken in the park, have an idea for a future park project, want to become a volunteer or simply lend a hand on an occasional basis, please do get in touch.