An appeal for volunteers to help run Maryon Wilson Park’s animal centre has produced a “positive and very encouraging response,” Greenwich Council says.
As the Charlton Champion reported last Monday, an advert looking for trustees to manage the animal park was placed in this week’s edition of the council-run newspaper, Greenwich Time.
Under the headline “Maryon Wilson Animal Park Trust needs you”, the advert asks for people with “enthusiasm and commitment” to come forward to help run the popular animal centre.
Charlton’s much-loved animal park was one of the most high-profile victims of council cuts announced last year, prompting an outcry from local residents and schools who use the facility.
The council says establishing a trust will help to “secure a long term future” for the animal centre.
An education centre and cafe is planned to create new revenue streams, and work is apparently under way to form an alliance with Mudchute Park & Farm on the Isle of Dogs.
Councillor John Fahy, the cabinet member responsible for parks, told The Charlton Champion:
“I am very excited that this proposal will secure a long term sustainable future for the centre and we hope to encourage continued support by the 7,000 people who signed the petition submitted to the council earlier in the year.”
Anyone wishing to apply to be a trustee can do so by emailing Sam Eastop, Senior Assistant Director of Culture and Community Services at Greenwich Council.