WWe love the park, and we are dedicated to nurturing it so it remains the special place that it was intended by Winifred Jacob Smith MBE. We are all volunteers and it is a pleasure to work hard together for the benefit of such an important community gem.
Part of this work includes delivering ongoing maintenance work in partnership with Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) and long-term and one-off projects, which support the park’s wildlife, whilst enhancing everyone’s enjoyment of a magical, ancient green space.
As a Friends Group, we are incredibly lucky to be supported by a very proactive HBC Countryside Ranger. However, due to the current financial climate leading to park and recreation budget cuts across local councils - sourcing grants and appealing to people like you for kind donations are often our only hope to raise the money we need to deliver projects like the ones described in this section. As a constituted community group, we also incur a number of annual running costs for example: covering public liability insurance for organising volunteer events, and website hosting and general administration fees. If you would like to make a donation then you can do so at the bottom of this page. Thank you so much.
Giving your time to volunteer with us, no matter how much or how often you can spare it, is very precious and really does make a huge difference to the park. To enquire about our volunteer opportunities, please get in touch here. Look forward to hearing from you.
In the park’s top field, (highlighted on the map) we are working to encourage the spread of native wildflowers (such as Common Orchids, Yellow Rattle and Lady’s Smock), by ensuring hay is cut and taken away from the field to rot.
The reason why it is essential to cut the hay and remove it from the field is that, when it decomposes, the hay releases nutrients into the soil and the wildflowers do not thrive in such nutrient-rich conditions. Having native wildflowers in the park not only increases everyone’s enjoyment of such a beautiful green space but most importantly, these flowers are an essential source of nectar and pollen to feed insects such as bees, moths and butterflies.
In October this year following a successful public consultation, the largest natural pond in the park which has been unable to provide a home for freshwater species due to our four-legged friends swimming in it, was fenced off and a field gate added. This was achieved using funds kindly donated by Knaresborough Lions Centennial Community Fund, and Harrogate Borough Council Commuted Sums.