The Friends group was formed in August 2005, from a group of like-
The Friends of Fairy Dell work alongside Middlesbrough Council Countryside Team and various other organisations, including Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Middlesbrough Environment City, Groundwork North East and Wildflower Ark. Their aim is to restore and improve the physical environment for the local community and the habitat for wildlife. This involves volunteers who work for two hours each week, 10am to 12 noon on Tuesday mornings, doing whatever tasks are necessary and have been identified in the Council's Fairy Dell Management Plan. The Friends also work with the Countryside Team to put on a variety of events, mainly for children, to encourage them to use and appreciate Fairy Dell as their own 'countryside on their doorstep'.
Fund raising is another aspect undertaken by the Friends' group. This is described in the 'History of Fairy Dell', showing that even though Fairy Dell began life in 1857, it is far from being completed.
Down at the lake there are several pairs of Moorhens that nest every year along with the numerous pairs of mallard Ducks.
Early in the morning you can witness the Grey Heron as it wades in the Lake looking for small fish or you might catch a glimpse of the Kingfisher as it flashes along the lake side whenever it gets disturbed.
Local people are now using this amazing recreational facility much more than before with the paths being much more accessible even in the wet winters.
Listening to people about what they like and dislike has helped the Friends pass on this information to the council wild space officers in their effort to manage the woods, beck, lake and park