As outgoing Chair and Founder of Queen’s Promenade Friends the accomplishments of this community group over the last four years have been nothing less than astonishing; outsiders are always amazed at how much the promenade has been transformed by volunteer work alone.
There have been many highlights: the creation of The Pocket Park and caretakers hut using original discovered materials, the thousands of blooms in the springtime, the creation of new gardens all along the promenade and The Mayor in her finery opening The Pocket Park by cutting the ribbon with a pair of secateurs. There are now horticultural memorials to local people and a restored seat dedicated to those affected by the Covid pandemic (the first in Kingston). QPF has also outreached to Kingston Association of The Blind and Surbiton High School who have recently restored one of the gardens. QPF now has a website and is active in publicising its work through social media.
This special green space along the Kingston riverside has been lovingly cared for by a special community of volunteers who are there for each other as well as tending the gardens. The tea breaks have always been legendary where strangers have often become friends.
With great confidence I hand over to Stefan Gross who could not be more suited to the role as he has given so much to QPF already and possesses a great knowledge and passion for plants. The Promenade and The Friends will be well served by him.
I leave the role of Chair knowing the promenade is now a special green space of recreation for the Kingston community.