The Friends of Rowntree Park is a voluntary group which seeks to promote the well-being of the Park and its users.  We help maintain and improve the park and want people to love their experience in the park. In June 2019 we became a Charity – our objectives are listed below.

The park is owned by the council and we consult with them on developments and changes to the park, we represent the communities views. We also carry out some practical tasks, such as gardening and maintenance.  We also run a wide range of events and activities for the community.

In recent years our role in the park has increased. Since 2017 there has been no council staff based at the Park. In order to help maintain the

The Friends was set up in 1996

What we do?

Previous projects  are many and have included the Ark in the Park, ParkActive, oral history project, the Lost Words Poetry Project and many more.

We have regular Friends’ meetings which include Council staff.

Support our work

Help us in our work to keep Rowntree Park beautiful and thriving, by joining the Friends of Rowntree Park. Membership is available for a small annual subscription of £5 per household. You can pay online, via our Membership page  or pick up a leaflet, from the Reading Cafe.

Keeping in touch with members

As a member, we will send you our updates and newsletters, preferably by email (to save money and trees), or alternatively by post. This will keep you up to date with all developments and activities in the park, and as a Friend, you are part of a local community group that can affect what will happen in your park. Your membership also offers 10% discount on food and drink, at the Reading Cafe, when you produce your membership card. We offer gift memberships for the same price, or a 10-year membership (so you don’t have to remember your subscriptions each year!) for a bargain £40. For any membership queries, contact us on membership@rowntreepark.org.uk

For other information, contact us via email, info@rowntreepark.org.uk Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Charity Objectives:

Charity Number:1183948

  1. To promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of Rowntree Park as a place of environmental interest and amenity value.
  2. Advance the education of the people of all ages in relation to the history, biodiversity and other aspects of Rowntree park and related issues.
  3. Provide facilities and opportunities for public education, recreation and other leisure interests within Rowntree Park.
  4. Promote civic responsibility, volunteering, health and wellbeing amongst the users of Rowntree Park.