About The Friends of The Vines
The Friends of The Vines is a community group dedicated to caring for and continuing the improvements in The Vines, a small Grade II listed park in the centre of Rochester. The group ensures that The Vines is a pleasant area to visit for both the local community and visitors to Rochester. The Friends Group works in partnership with Medway Council and Kent Wildlife Trust to support planting schemes, and also arranges regular events such as the Annual fundraising Cherry Picnic, Bug Days for children, and Bat events. In 2012, the group participated in Love Parks Week, with a “Tree Listening” Installation, and in November, planted a Jubilee tree donated by the Tree Council. 2013 has seen snowdrop planting, the “It’s a Bug’s Life” bug hunt, and the family Cherry Picnic, in glorious sunshine.
In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 the Friends of The Vines was again awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award, We also received the Silver Gilt Award from RHS South and South East in Bloom in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
The group has approximately 90 members, who participate in occasional planting days, and are welcomed to events in The Vines. The Friends of The Vines liaises closely with the local primary school, St Margaret’s at Troy Town, holding an annual bulb planting day and involving school children in events in the park. The junior school recently held its sports day in The Vines.
Most of the following information has been taken from Medway Council’s website: www.medway.gov.uk