Community Involvement

Organised a series of public events in the Park:

  • A “Reminiscence Day” event to encourage people to share their memories of the Park and its surroundings (May 2006).
  • Wildflower and bulb planting events to improve flora within the Park (October 2006, May & October 2008, November 2012).
  • A clean-up morning to prepare the Park for winter (November 2006).
  • An “Art in the Park” event to encourage creativity (March 2007).
  • A “Park100” event to celebrate 100 years since the Park was purchased for public use (July 2007).
  • BBC Breathing Places-related events to inform and enthuse people about local wildlife (March & October 2008).
  • Family fun and sports events, including a celebration of FoSJP’s first birthday (May 2007, July 2008, May 2009, April 2010, October 2011, April 2012, August 2012).
  • Participation in the nationwide “Big Lunch” event to bring people in the local community together (July 2009).
  • An environmental awareness event organised by younger FoSJP members (October 2009).
  • Easter celebration events (April 2010, April 2012, April 2014).
  • A “Start in the Park!” event to mark the start of restoration and improvement works in the Park (July 2010).
  • A “Play in the Park!” event to celebrate the re‑opening of the Park after completion of the restoration and improvement works (July 2011).
  • A tour of the Park as part of the Southampton Over 50’s Festival (August 2011).
  • Hosting the Salisbury Big Band as part of the Southampton Over 50’s Festival (August 2011).
  • Free Bicycle Checks & Repairs (April & September 2012).
  • “The BIG Event” (July 2012) to celebrate the first anniversary of the re‑opening of St.James’ Park.
  • A celebration of Diwali Week – Festival of Lights (November 2012).
  • A Craft Workshop (February 2013).
  • A “Plant Party in the Park” event to celebrate the coming of summer to the Park (June 2013), including an expert‑led Wildflower Walk & Talk.
  • A two‑day Community Games event, inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games, to bring the local community together to take part in sporting and cultural activities at St.James’ Park.

Friends of St.James’ Park

  • Launched Friends of St.James’ Park as a voluntary organisation in 2006, with a written constitution  and an elected management committee.
  • Established a membership base of over 450 people – the largest group of its type in Southampton.
  • Established a regular Newsletter to all members to keep them in touch with Park news and events.
  • Launched the FoSJP website (October 2006).
  • Launched the FoSJP Facebook page (November 2010).
  • Established ParkLife Community Interest Company (ParkLife CIC) in November 2010, to run the ParkLife Community Café on behalf of FoSJP and the community after completion of the restoration and improvement works in the Park.
Visit our FoSJP page for information on becoming a member of FoSJP.

Interaction with Other Organisations

Improvements to St.James’ Park

  • Carried out a structural survey of the toilet block.
  • Installed secure access and basic amenities in the ARP block, and cleaned and decorated parts of it.
  • Opened and operated the FoSJP Kiosk for business (August 2006 to September 2010).
  • Extended opening times for the public toilet.
  • Organised Litter Picking mornings to keep the Park clean and tidy.
  • Installed birdboxes and batboxes and established a Local Floral Nature Reserve to encourage wildlife within the Park (2009).
  • Funded and installed educational signage with information about wildlife in the Park (July 2009).
  • Working closely with Southampton City Council, gained a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to fund restoration and improvement works to provide a café, community room, new entrances, botanical and scenic walks, new landscaping, and new play facilities for children and adults (July 2010 to July 2011).
  • Through the FoSJP Gardening Team, have worked with Southampton City Council since January 2012 to maintain and further improve the planting within St.James’ Park.
Visit our Restoration & Improvement page to find out more about the restoration and improvement works.

Heritage Lottery Fund Grant


Encouraged by support from Southampton City Council, FoSJP submitted a pre‑application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and was successful in winning a grant to pay for a full bid to win further funds. This grant allowed us to employ Parklife[1], a consultancy firm who prepared a proposal to submit to the HLF to obtain large‑scale funding for the development of the Park.