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Make a date with Santa this Christmas!

Santa's GrottoThis Christmas why not bring the kids to Greenhead Park to visit Santa and his elves – and support local charities too!

Santa’s Grotto will be officially opened by the Lord Mayor on Saturday 4 December at 11am. You can book a slot to visit the grotto by calling in at the cafe (opposite the tennis courts) or e-mailing greenheadparkcafe@live.co.uk.

Please note that all openings are weather permitting and payment is by cash only.

The Cafe in the Park will be open throughout the festive season apart from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The Park cafe by the conservatory will open as usual until Thursday 23 December. Opening hours on Christmas Eve are 9am to 1pm and the cafe will then be closed until Saturday 8 January 2022.

Go to Park information for all the details about facilities in the park, including more info on both cafes.

 

 

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Praise for Kirklees Parks

Green Flag raising ET 2 (2)Greenhead Park is one of five parks in Kirklees to gain a coveted Green Flag again this year.  The national Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country and sets a standard for parks and green spaces to aspire to.

Parks and public spaces have taken on a new importance since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and Kirklees Council is delighted with the awards.

Clr Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees, said: “This is wonderful news and really demonstrates the hard work and commitment of all staff involved during what has been a very difficult couple of years.

“During lockdowns our parks have been busier than they have ever been. This has meant operational staff on the ground have had to work doubly hard to keep our parks to the high standards we have come to expect.

“The fact that we have been able to achieve these awards is a credit to them all. I really hope our residents continue to enjoy our parks through the colder months of the year and help our parks staff in keeping them in pristine condition.”

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Friends scoop an award for lakeside arbour

Arbour award presentationArbour 1 May 2021The work of the Friends of Greenhead Park has been recognised this month in the annual design awards programme run by the Huddersfield Civic Society.  The Examiner Readers’ Award was presented to FoGP Chair, Glenis Ireland, by Robert Sutcliffe from the Examiner (pictured above).

The award has gone to the Friends for the lakeside arbour  which now features striking new murals painted by local artist and FoGP volunteer Helen Williamson.

​​The Huddersfield Civic Society judges also recognised “the tremendous efforts made by the Friends in supporting the hard work carried out by the park’s gardening team in maintaining the herbaceous borders, a delight for those who regularly visit the park.”

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Explore, discover and play

Children's activity sheet map

Explore, discover & play

The Friends of Greenhead Park have launched a brand new children’s activity sheet just in time for October half term.

Designed by local artist Jo Blaker, the activity sheet Explore, Discover and Play in Greenhead Park is now available for you to download and print at home – just click on the link above. There’s also a B&W version if you prefer.

From identifying birds on the lake, to making nature art or spotting mini-beasts, there’s a whole host of suggestions for imaginative play and things to explore and discover.

Bird spottingMinibeast spotting

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can use #friendsofgreenheadpark to share photos of your nature art – we’d love to see what you’ve come up with!

You can find more more information on things for children to do in the park on the Children’s activities page.

 

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How to stay safe as play areas reopen

The Council has announced the reopening of the Greenhead Park play areas from Saturday 4 July.  Please make sure you stay safe by following these guidelines:

Safety guidelines

 

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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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