The Friends of Waterlow Park spend approximately £2000 a year (2015, projected 2016) on planting – providing the actual plants and tools needed by the volunteers to maintain their designated areas of the Park.
This is explained more fully in the Volunteers section.
We also spend smaller amounts of money in organising the annual AGM (including print costs and the requisite drinks and nibbles) as well as maintaining a promotional presence at events like the Fair in the Square.
For such events we print leaflets, trail guides and other items of explanatory or promotional material as and when necessary.
Most of our money is raised through fund-raising events, such as Plant and Bulb Sales, the occasional musical soiree, or donations from organisations like the Lauderdale House Restaurant and The Bull Public House (both of whom contributed upwards of £500 each in 2015).
Along the way we have applied for a number of grants and are occasionally successful. The Metropolitan Public Gardens Association contributed some £1400 in 2013 to cover the cost of replanting the Victorian sun-dial on the Tea Lawn – and Waitrose gave us £214 in the same year which went towards Kitchen Garden costs.
Membership subscriptions – pegged at £5 since the 90s – brings in roughly £800 a year but we hope to grow this.
On top of all this we are always grateful to receive smaller donations – if you wish to give please do visit our Donate page here.
We like to keep a reserve of at least £4,000 in the account for emergencies and we are trying to grow this for possible future projects. Our most immediate financial need will be to underwrite the 2016 Lark In The Park – part of our Waterlow 125 Celebrations – but we welcome suggestions for bigger capital projects for the future. Ideas already submitted include the restoration of a Bandstand to the bandstand area, the provision of water to the drinking fountains, dog watering points, and finding new use for the disused aviary.
For a fuller breakdown of our expenditure please visit our Documents page here.