A GROUP tasked with the management and upkeep of the beautiful Ravenfield Park and Ponds are appealing for help to stop the popular beauty spot from going to seed.
The Ponds are normally used by anglers all year round and a network of concessionary footpaths provides access for the public to enjoy, but, given the current crisis these can no longer be taken for granted.
A slump in angling income due to the coronavirus and government lockdown rules has left Phoenix Sports and Recreation, the charity which oversees the site, short of money for maintenance.
Now the charity is having to ask for donations, no matter how small, to help meet costs.
Charity trustee and the Advertiser's angling correspondent, Martin Read, said it was an unprecedented but necessary step.
“Ravenfield Park is a lovely place and during the lockdown, although anglers cannot fish, a lot of people have been going for walks there and using the site for exercise,” he said.
“We have never had to ask the public to make a contribution before but now we are having to in order to preserve this site in the condition we've all come to expect.
“We normally get most of our funds from anglers in before June, but that is not possible this year and it puts us in the difficult position of having to ask for help.
“The angling memberships pays to employ a warden to look after the site together with all the consumables required to keep the Ponds and all the footpaths in a condition suitable for everyone.
“While we know this is a difficult and worrying time for all, we feel that it is important to look after the Park for everyone's benefit,”
Anyone who wishes to make a donation can do so at https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-ravenfield-park