A community group which aims to support and enhance Worcester’s historic Fort Royal Park has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The Friends of Fort Royal and Commandery Gardens is one of four groups shortlisted for the category of ‘Friends Group of the Year’ in a nationwide competition organised by Fields in Trust (www.fieldsintrust.org).

The other groups to make the shortlist are Friends of Angel Meadow, Manchester; Friends of Saltwell Park, Tyne and Wear and Friends of Starbank Park, Edinburgh.

The winner will be announced at the Fields in Trust Awards Ceremony at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Wednesday 29 November.

“We are thrilled to be selected by Fields in Trust for this prestigious award,” says Cllr Lynn Denham,Chair of the Friends of Fort Royal Park and Commandery Gardens.

“It has been an amazing journey since the group was reconstituted in 2012.  We have been able to help transform the park itself to Green Flag status and organise community events and celebrations for many different occasions and groups.  The Friends are very grateful to Worcester City Council staff for the support that they have given us every step of the way.”

The Friends of Fort Royal played a major role in shaping Worcester City Council’s £220,000 revamp of Fort Royal Park in 2013, which saw the installation of three new play areas inspired by the site’s civil war history.

The group organises regular community events in Fort Royal Park, celebrating occasions including Easter, Ramadan, Halloween, the Winter Solstice and the Queen’s Birthday.  They also obtained lottery funding for a heritage trail and the One World in Our Park Festival this year.

The Friends run a monthly voluntary gardening group at Fort Royal Park and have planted a number of new trees there.  There is also a weekly walking group on Tuesday mornings from the Commandery.

Their efforts contributed to Fort Royal Park securing its first Green Flag Award in 2017.