The Friends of Daventry Country Park

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Friends of Daventry Country Park

About the Friends

The Friends of Daventry Country Park are a group of volunteers committed to supporting the work of Daventry District Council and the Country Park Rangers in protecting, preserving and promoting our precious Daventry Country Park. The Friends offer a variety of activities to raise awareness of the benefits of Daventry Country Park, attract more visitors and more volunteers.

The aims of the Friends of Daventry Country Park are:

  • To develop a broad spectrum of educational and cultural activities at Daventry Country Park for the whole community, near and far, to enjoy.
  • To promote and support the work of the Rangers in wildlife care and woodland management.
  • To ensure Daventry Country Park is a safe, clean and pleasurable place for visitors of all ages, especially young people and families.
  • To help promote the knowledge of wildlife and nature in general at Daventry Country Park.
  • To promote knowledge of traditional farming methods, rural crafts, rare breed animals, conservation and ecological issues of all types.

If you are interested in Daventry Country Park and would like to become a Friend, please  download a membership form or email  friendsofdcp@gmail.com


Projects

Water Safety - working with Daventry District Council, Canal and River Trust, Northants Fire and Northants Police, the Friends are funding the purchase and installation of a new throwline water safety device. These new throw line boards will help improve water safety at the park and are vandal proof.

Bird screens -  The group have been working on a project to install 5 new bird screens around the park to compliment the bird hide and give wildlife watchers alternative views. The screen have been custom made and are located around the park near the waters edge.

Bird hide - The group worked with local company Victory Engineering on the installation of the bird hide overlooking the reservoir from Lovells Bay. The hide is a converted container which was donated by Hi-Force of Daventry. Funds were successfully received from Daventry District Council, Daventry Town Council, DDH Community Chest fund and Waitrose Community Matters to cover the costs of the project. 

Volunteers from the Friends group came together for work days to prepare a suitable surface ready for the delivery of the finished bird hide and also prepared the foreshore for viewing. Once the hide was delivered on site, the volunteers painted it and constructed a walkway and path to allow access for all. 

Bridge hide - In 2017 Daventry District Council completed the re-build of Bridge hide. The Friends committee have built a bird screen at the far end of walkway to complete the project. This is a great location for catching a glimpse of the wildlife at the lower end of the reservoir.

Informative walks - Each year the Friends group lead a variety of informative walks at Daventry Country Park and Borough Hill including wildflowers, spring bird watch, winter wildfowl and an annual towpath walk to Braunston. For information on the events and activities please visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FriendsDCP/)



Support the Friends in the Local Lotto

The Friends of Daventry Country Park are a good cause in the Local Lotto, which was set up to support community projects like us. A ticket for the Local Lotto costs £1 per week and if you to choose to support us when you sign-up, 40p of each ticket you buy will go direct to our group. A further 10p from each ticket goes to other good causes locally, and there are prizes of between £5 and £25,000 to be won each week!

Buy your ticket and support the Friends of Daventry Country Park here