The Friends of Rowntree Park

The Friends of Rowntree Park

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The Friends became a charity in 2019. In recent years, we have greatly increased our membership and volunteer numbers, as well as the range and breadth of our activities.  The Friends help maintain and improve specific areas of the park with our gardening groups, and we run a range of community events and projects, as well as educational programmes. Our volunteer programme has a particular focus on helping reduce social isolation and supporting those with mental health issues. We run Forest School sessions and have recently added Wild Ones (a programme supporting girls using the park). We are creating new wildlife areas and habitats, enhancing our education programme and working with the local community. We work closely with the council, with local schools and with other groups.

Most of our work is voluntary but we have a paid part-time Charity Manager whose work includes managing the membership and volunteers, communication, event organisation, social media etc, and two other part-time workers (admin and gardening lead). Further details of our work can be seen on our website , our news and plans are communicated to our members and other stakeholders, via our newsletters. 


Events and activities for children, families

Events to support wellbeing

Gardening in certain areas of the park

Liasing with the City of York Council


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