There’s so much to love about Jacob Smith Park (JSP)

This 30 acres of idyllic parkland was generously bequeathed to the community of Knaresborough by Winifred Jacob Smith MBE, following her death in 2003.
It was Miss Jacob Smith’s wish that the park – which was once home to her award winning pedigree Ayrshire Cattle - should be opened for all generations to enjoy “the freedom and beauty that public parks bring.”
JSP, which is managed by Harrogate Borough Council, is a beautiful and tranquil wildlife haven, a hugely valued recreational space and a site of enormous historical value. By providing a wonderful setting for our senses to soak up, Miss Jacob Smith’s legacy is boosting our mental and physical health every day.

The park is for all ages to enjoy with a doggy friend or without; a place to be a child or to rediscover being a child – to run free. It’s where we can all learn to care about nature and how to help support it best to encourage new habitats, and conserve those that already exist.

It is a place to make friends and foster those friendships on a daily basis so we feel like part of a community. Sometimes we need it for quiet contemplation –to take a breath and escape the daily grind. But no matter the reason for our visit – we can rest assured that the park will greet us like an old friend every time we enter its gate – offering us safety inside its impressive stone walls as we walk in the company of ancient trees.

We hope you will enjoy reading more on our website about why JSP is such a special green space to spend time in, and why we all need to pledge our support to help look after it for here and now and for future generations.

See you in the park!

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History of the Park
A beautiful canopy of leaves from the magnificent, mature trees all across the park.
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About Us
The Friends of Jacob Smith Park would like to Welcome You to the 30 acres of idyllic parkland generously bequeathed to the community of Knaresborough.
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Wildlife
A beautiful and tranquil wildlife haven. A hugely valued recreational space and a site of enormous historical value.
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Young Friends
Join in with what the Young Friends of JSP are doing to keep the park's heart beating.
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Friends
The park will greet us like an old friend every time we enter its gate – offering us safety inside its impressive stone walls as we walk in the company of ancient trees.
Our Projects
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Miss Winifred & Family
It was Miss Winifred Jacob Smith’s wish that the park – which was once home to her award winning pedigree Ayrshire Cattle - should be opened for all generations to enjoy.
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History

History

Discover the history of JSP, formerly Scriven Park, and delve into the past.

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Friends of JSP

Get involved with the Park activities, upkeep, maintenance and have a great time.

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Download the guides and information available for your visit to JSP.

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Volunteer Days

Volunteer Days

Check out our current projects and the dates planned for upcoming events

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Any donation, large or small, will be put to good use to help keeping our beautiful park an amazing place for all.

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