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Green shoots!

Tree planting 2In November 2019, we were delighted to take delivery of 60 wild cherry, rowan and silver birch saplings kindly provided free by the Woodland Trust.  Volunteers from the Friends joined gardener Peter to plant these out in a nursery area where they will grow on until they are sturdy enough to be moved to permanent positions around the park.

Just a few months on the tiny trees are now sprouting new leaves – a great morale-booster in these difficult times!IMG_6037IMG_6033

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Meet up with Friends!

Activities 2019Friends and other park users are warmly invited to the Friends of Greenhead Park Annual General Meeting on Saturday 21 March at 2pm in the Greenhead Park Community Room (in the cafe building by the tennis courts).

At the meeting you can

  • Raise park issues with our local councillors and Park staff
  • Hear about the Friends’ activities – and plans for 2020
  • Tell us about things you’d like to see happening in the park
  • Elect the committee to run the Friends in 2020 (members only)

Afterwards there will be tea and cakes – and a chance for an informal chat.

Members of the Friends can vote and stand for election to the committee, but everyone is welcome to come along to the AGM.  You can join the Friends for a one-off payment of £5.  We are always on the lookout for new committee members too, do contact us if you’d like to know more about what’s involved.

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Sikh memorial unveiled

Sikh memorial JE croppedOn Saturday 30 November representatives from Friends of Greenhead Park joined a huge crowd gathered in the Rose Garden for the unveiling of a new memorial commemorating the many thousands of Sikhs who fought and died in World Wars I and II.

The 6ft-high bronze statue, sculpted in India by Jaydeep Apte, depicts a Sikh soldier and is mounted on a Yorkshire stone plinth. The memorial, unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, was put in place by the Sikh Soldier Organisation and funded by public donations.

 

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Christmas concert in the Conservatory

Xmas concert logo resizedGet in the Christmas mood with the Friends of Greenhead Park and Lindley Junior School Choir at a free concert of Christmas music & carols in the Greenhead Park Conservatory on Sunday 8 December at 3.15pm. 

Seasonal refreshments will be on sale from 3pm to raise funds for the Friends.  There’ll be a raffle for a Christmas hamper and a collection after the concert too – so don’t forget your purse!  A full range teas, coffees and yummy cakes will  be available in The Park cafe as usual.

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Park hero returns from the past!

Alderman Denham spells out his vision

‘Alderman Denham’ spells out his vision

Way back in 1869, Alderman Thomas Denham, set out his vision for a park for the people of Huddersfield in a letter to the Huddersfield Examiner. He worked tirelessly to make the park a reality and is memorialised in a plaque on the Park Lodge as the person who secured the park for the town.

The Friends of Greenhead Park decided to honour this Park Hero by staging a guided walk in the park led by ‘Thomas’ as part of this year’s national Heritage Open Days festival. Alistair Cheetam gave an excellent portrayal of Alderman Denham, declaiming his vision for a park for the people of Huddersfield as set out by him in the Examiner.   Local historian David Griffiths was  also on hand to explain how far the original ideas were realised in the Park which eventually opened in September 1884.

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Conservatory and The Park cafe reopen

Conservatory re-opening day 4-9-19

Visitors to the park this weekend (September 7/8) were delighted to find the conservatory open again after ten months under wraps. The Park cafe is also back in business offering hot and cold drinks and light refreshments, including a yummy selection of cakes and other sweet treats, sandwiches and paninis.

A great start has been made on the new cactus and succulent display, pictured above. This will be completed by planting the border with a variety of colourful succulents. Many thanks are due to David Quail from the Bradford branch of the British Cactus & Succulent Society for invaluable help and advice.

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Back at last!

Conservatory 3 Sept 4It’s been a long wait, but – barring any last minute mishaps! – our much-loved conservatory and The Park cafe will reopen on Saturday 7 September 2019 following extensive renovation work to preserve the Grade II listed structure.  New planting is now underway inside the conservatory – with cacti and succulents taking centre stage.

Cacti waiting to be planted

Cacti waiting to be planted

Looks a bit prickly!

Looks a bit prickly!

The cafe opening hours are 10am to 3pm, Mondays to Fridays, and 9am to 4pm at weekends.  The kitchen, where hot meals are prepared, won’t be reopening for a while, but you can enjoy a great range of drinks, cakes, sandwiches and paninis.

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Still flying the flag!

A Green Flag is proudly flying on the flagpole near the conservatory again this year following a flag raising ceremony by Parks Service staff and Friends.  The national Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country and sets a standard for parks and green spaces to aspire to.

Park staff and Friends celebrate the latest award

Park staff and Friends celebrate the latest award

The Green Flag judges, who visited the park earlier this year to make their assessment, noted that: “The park has a fantastic range of facilities and features a very knowledgeable friends group.” Other pleasing comments were: “A very enthusiastic team from managers through to staff working within the park”, “A very active friends group which are an asset to the park” and “Very good working relationships with groups within the park”.

Well done to everyone!

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Help Greenhead Park to win the title of UK’s Best Park 2019!

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Hands up if you think Greenhead Park is the best! We may be a bit biased but we reckon our beautiful park is a strong contender for UK’s Best Park 2019.  You have until noon on Monday 19 August to cast a vote for your pick of the 364 parks and green spaces that have been nominated and we hope you’ll be backing us for the top spot.

To vote for Greenhead Park, just go to http://www.fieldsintrust.org/best-park/yorkshire.

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Bedding in!

Park gardeners Peter and John worked really hard last week to fill the park’s flowerbeds with thousands of summer bedding plants. The Friends of Greenhead Park gardening group did their bit to help too – and although it was a little on the wet side at times, at least there was no need to water the plants in!

Almost done!

Almost done!

We’d also like to thank volunteers from GoodGym who lent a hand taking out the old winter bedding last month.

Getting the beds ready last month

GoodGym volunteers helping to clear the beds for summer planting

If you like gardening and have a couple of hours to spare on a Wednesday afternoon, we’d love to see you. To find out more, call in at our weekly drop-in session in the Pavilion by the bowling greens any time between 1.30pm and 2.30pm – or just come along dressed for gardening.

If you can’t make it on a Wednesday afternoon, there are other opportunities to help out in the park – contact us if you’d like to know more.

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