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The Friends of Hammonds Pond started life as a protest group. Around 1995 a group of local people banded together to lobby Carlisle City Council to reverse the downward spiral and general deterioration of Hammonds Pond. This poor state of affairs had been due to a number of factors, lack of funding, poor maintenance, lack of council interest and vandalism.

Once faced with strong local feelings the council, along with a number of local groups put together a plan for regeneration of the park. Funding was sought to carry out the regeneration work and a substantial award from the Heritage Lottery Fund and council money turned Hammonds around.

Since that time the Friends of Hammonds Pond have developed into a very proactive group of people who put on a wide range of community events throughout the year. For example : Easter Treasure Trail, OAP’s tea party, Teddy Bears Picnic, Bulb Planting, Bird Box Building, Lantern making and the Halloween party.

All these events are arranged by The Friends for the community, and have been very well supported by the Police, Neighbourhood Forums, local stores, companies, and other organisations. The group does not set out to make profit but just to cover costs. However if surplus money is generated we support a selected charity each year, Air Ambulance, Eden Valley Hospice, Knox Wood Animal Refuge, and this year Cumbria's Children's Hospice - Jigsaw. 

The Friends are now made up from local residents of all ages, park wardens, police and PCSO’s, local councillors and council officers and welcome anyone to join them bringing support and new ideas for the future.

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