‘Very encouraging response’ to animal park trustees appeal

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.

4 thoughts on “‘Very encouraging response’ to animal park trustees appeal

  1. ThePirateKing November 27, 2011 / 21:38

    That’s excellent news.

    Let’s hope the Trust idea works.

  2. Paul December 2, 2011 / 14:49

    I agree if there is true support people will be prepared to put their hands into their pockets and or give up some time to help. If a trust is successful it will be testament to true conviction, something that is severely lacking in a world where just complaining or joining a face book group is the level of action most are willing to contribute.

  3. ann February 6, 2012 / 14:54

    Extra funding can be raised for the park if a community garden is open in the park. All that is needed is for the council to give permission for a small plot of land to be used. The garden would be for growing fruit and veg, it will not cause any damage the park or the animal, this would just make things better.There are some charities out there who are willing to fund the community garden (thus raising extra funding for the park). The whole project will be run by volunteers. Some local residents of Charlton Village. Any Idea how to make this project possible. Any one out there got any idea please share. Thank you.

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