Young Friends
The Young Friends of JSP
have a great time too!

WWe believe that life is for adventures – and you should never stop having them. The park is the perfect place for you to run free and have fun with friends and family.

This is your park too. Don’t ever forget that.

It is important to us, and most importantly to the future of the park, that you help to care for your special green space. We value our young people very much and know you have lots of ideas and skills to share. We need your help. We would also love you to contribute to this page. You are far more creative than we are! Here are a few ideas below on how you might like to get involved in park life. But tell us if there is something, in particular, you are interested in – and we will help make it happen if we can.

Come and volunteer with us (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult). Check out our latest events and projects on the website. You are always most welcome.

Share your adventures in the park – through, for example, photos, artwork or words. You can email us here

Look after the park every time you are there – by helping keep wildlife safe by picking up litter or reporting any concerns you have.

If you have a question about the park, an idea to contribute or you would like to find out more about a particular area then give us a shout!

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Did You Know......?

  • Kestrels like the park’s long grass in the summer, because they can hunt for small mammals (like field mice, voles or shrews) in it.

  • The park is home to tawny owls and lots of other birds – some only visit.

badger

  • Badgers are omnivores – meaning they like to eat plants and meat. They prefer a diet of earthworms but would eat a hedgehog if they were hungry.

hedgehog

  • Foxes can be heard in the park at night. They have distinctive calls. They belong to the same family that includes wolves and pet dogs.

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Here is a YouTube video to help you identify the calls 

Foxes Calling
  • The park is home to many different types of grasses and wildflowers. These include Lady’s Smock which is also called Cuckoo Flower because it normally appears with the arrival of the first cuckoo bird.

Ladys smock wildfower

        • Some of the trees in Jacob Smith Park are likely to be between 500-800 years old.

        • Guisley Hill, at the very top of the park, is the possible site of an Iron Age settlement. There is also some evidence of hut circles within an enclosure.

iron age settlement

      • There is evidence of medieval farming in the park

      • The park was gifted to the local community by Winifred Jacob Smith who was awarded the MBE for her services to the Women’s Land Army across Yorkshire.

Ms Jacob Smith remained in the post from 1939 until the WLA was disbanded in 1950. She received an OBE for her services

        • Winifred and her sister Dorothy used to keep their award-winning pedigree Ayrshire Cattle in the park.

Ayreshire cow Ayreshire Cattle Society

      • The park was used to train tank crews and infantry in WW2.

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            • The park was also once home to the village cricket club.

 Scriven Park cricket club photo

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