Belstead Brook Park is an informal country park, a 2.5 mile green ‘lung’ that stretches from the Copdock interchange to Bourne Park acting as a barrier between the A14 and Pinewood. There are many footpaths to explore and by taking the tunnel under the A14 you are out into the countryside. The park includes areas of ancient woodland, wet woodland, ponds, meadows, reed beds, hedges, farmed land and the Brook itself.
The Friends of Belstead Brook Park (FoBBP) group was established in 2002 and consists of local volunteers who help look after the Park for the benefit of its users and local wildlife. The main aims of the Friends group are to help with the practical management of the Park, support related local events and fundraising causes, help with the distribution of the Local Wildlife News, and act as ‘eyes and ears’ to report any issues back to the Greenways Project.
Membership of the group is free. Members receive a monthly email newsletter providing local news of what has happened in the Park and details of the forthcoming Work Party event. Members also receive a free copy of the Local Wildlife News if they live within the Ipswich area. To join, either visit our web-site (www.greenlivingcentre.org.uk/fobbp) or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, full postal address, post-code and telephone number (optional).
We usually meet every second Saturday of the month and work between 10am and 1pm. Details of the meeting point and what we plan to do are published on our web-site and circulated in our monthly email newsletter.
Members do as much or as little as they want to and work at their own pace. All that we ask is that you bring suitable clothing for the day and sturdy old boots. Most people bring their own gloves but these can also be provided. We provide all the tools and equipment for the planned task and most importantly the tea/coffee and biscuits.
We report to the Greenways Countryside Project that manages the Park – they can be contacted on 01473 433995 or via their web-site (www.greenlivingcentre.org.uk/greenways).