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Local residents form ‘Friends of Monkey Park’ community group

A group of Brampton & Ashgate residents are coming together to form the ‘Friends of Monkey Park’.

The Friends of Monkey Park is a newly established, volunteer run community group facilitated and hosted by Monkey Park Community Hub on Chester Street. The aim to bring local people together to improve and maintain Chester Street Park (a.k.a. Monkey Park).

The main aims of the group are:

  • To apply for grant funding and raise funds ourselves, to replace the old and dangerous play area with new play equipment
  • To work with the local council, police and community to reduce key issues such as littering, dog fouling and antisocial behaviour
  • To arrange events that bring people into the park
  • To act as guardians of the park

The first meeting of the group is on 13th March 2019 at 6:30pm at Monkey Park Cafe. Local councillors and members of Chesterfield Borough Council’s Green Spaces team will be attending the event.

Kevin Walker, Director at Monkey Park CIC said: “We welcome everyone to our meetings and are keen to hear from all points of view. We want to create a park that is open and accessible to the whole community and would love to hear your views.”

For anyone wishing to get involved with the group, they can be contacted via email –, via Facebook – or via Twitter –

The group are actively seeking donations and raffle prizes to help fund the project. They have a crowdfunding campaign running at: for anyone wishing to donate.

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