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!



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

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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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Oak tree appears in lakeside arbour!

Arbour project 5-6-19 3Friends of Greenhead Park volunteers and students from Greenhead College have got together to create a striking mural in the arbour by the Greenhead Park lake. The project, led by artist and FoGP member Helen Williamson, has transformed the central section of the three-arched arbour into an attractive and inviting space.

Everyone involved gave their time for free and paint was kindly donated by Huddersfield Decorators Merchants. Volunteers celebrated the completion of the artwork on Wednesday 5 June with  Simon Lett, Principal of Greenhead College, and ward councillor Carole Pattison.

Work in progress

Work in progress

Friends of Greenhead Park Chair, Glenis Ireland said: “We would like to thank everyone who helped for their hard work in creating this beautiful mural inspired by an oak tree growing nearby. We hope eventually to extend the artwork into the side arches of the arbour, and look forward to continuing our partnership with our near neighbours Greenhead College.”

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Summer music on the Greenhead Park Bandstand

Not long now to the start of the 2019 programme of summer afternoon music on the Greenhead Park bandstand organised by the Friends of Greenhead Park. Most concerts, with a couple of exceptions, are on Sunday afternoons starting at 2pm and finishing around 4pm.

This year we are pleased to welcome a visiting band from London – Putney & Wimbledon Brass Band – who are touring Yorkshire in June. They were keen to perform in our beautiful park, so we’ve added an extra session for them from 12noon to 1.30pm on Sunday 16 June. We hope lots of people will come along and give them a great Yorkshire welcome.

The full programme is listed below:

Bandstand programme 2019

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Conservatory and cafe reopening delayed to summer 2019

Conservatory still under wraps

Conservatory still under wraps

Essential structural repairs to the park’s conservatory are well underway, but we have just heard from Kirklees Council that they will not now be finished until summer 2019 due to the amount of work needed to the Grade II listed structure. This means both the conservatory and The Park café behind it will be closed for several more months.

We know these facilities are much missed,  but visitors needing refreshment can find a good selection of hot and cold food & drinks, ice creams and lollies at the popular Café in the Park near the tennis courts. Parking, including disabled spaces, is still available in the Pay and Display car park behind the conservatory which is not affected by the works.


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Volunteers move mountains – of mulch!


That’s a big pile…

Friends of Greenhead Park gardening volunteers had a real workout in last week’s spring sunshine. The task on hand was to mulch the herbaceous beds in the Rose Garden with bark chippings provided by the Council’s Forestry section.

With plenty of effort, mountains of chippings were shifted over the box hedges and spread over the beds – hopefully cutting down the need for future weeding.

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Bottoms up!




Our friendly weekly gardening group works alongside gardeners Peter and John on Wednesday afternoons and new recruits are always welcome.  There are opportunities for volunteers to help out at other times too.  Just contact us to find out more.

Nearly done

Nearly done

Every little helps

Every little helps




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Never mind the weather!

The coir matting arrives

The coir matting arrives

A wet and windy Thursday at the beginning of February saw a hardy group of staff and volunteers getting stuck into improving the environment round the lake.  Donning waders and waterproofs, the team installed sections of coir matting pre-planted with native wetland plants round the lake margins to provide shelter for wildlife and improve biodiversity.  Others took on the mucky task of clearing plastic bags and other rubbish from the lake surrounds.  Definitely a job well done!

Wading in

Wading in

Lake planting 7-2-020

Lovely mud!

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Getting wet in a good cause




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