The Friends of Edgmond Village Hall started as a group to support saving the village hall, when it was under threat to be demolished and the land sold off for housing.

This group now meets occasionally in the Lion, upstairs, and we discuss what is happening at the Village Hall - events that might take place, volunteering, and generally bringing people up to date with anything that has happened over the last month.

More importantly the Friends have spawned volunteer groups who get involved with Gardening and running events. Alan Foster, has led a group looking to see what can be done about the land surrounding the Village Hall, to make it more attractive. This group had a meeting and a synopsis of this is attached below.**

**On 31st July a small working party met to carry out a review of the grounds to document existing trees, shrubs, grass and cultivated beds and to note previous/existing ‘ownership’ (e.g. maintenance by user groups). The working party were grateful for the help and expertise of Roger Hudson, which forms the basis of the action plan. Consideration throughout has been taken for age, proximity and condition of specific areas/species and recommendations where applicable outlined in a detailed report. You may be surprised to know that our 'green space' has 27 established trees! Many of the trees are in good order, some need minor care but two or three require professional attention and this is being investigated. The finished report will be available in due course.

Working party: - Margie Bradley, Bob Bradley, Alan Foster, Jill Foster, Peter Gardner, Dan Tipping, Roger Hudson (Lilyhurst plant centre). Additional consultations with: - Gavin Onions – Tree Technician, Telford & Wrekin. Mark Hall – Head Groundkeeper, Harper Adams.

We shall be organising 'Grounds Days' later in the year and shall be asking 'Friends of Edgmond Village Hall' to come along to help clear a few dense patches of thicket (brambles, nettles & ground elder). More on this nearer the time so watch this space and do please come to the next Friends Meeting to plan this event.