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

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Lovely mud!

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Getting wet in a good cause




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Getting together with Friends!

Friends of Greenhead Park and supporters look on as the Mayor of Kirklees opens the under 5s play area they help to refurbish

Friends of Greenhead Park and supporters look on as the Mayor of Kirklees opens the under 5s play area they helped to refurbish

Do you care about Greenhead Park?  Would you like a say in its future?  Do you have ideas about park events or activities?  If so, why not come along to the Friends of Greenhead Park Annual General Meeting on Saturday 23 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 2019
  • Tell us about things you’d like to see happening in the park
  • Elect the committee to run the Friends in 2019 (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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Conservatory and cafe to close for essential repairs

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFrom Monday 26 November until April 2019, Greenhead Park’s conservatory and The Park café are set to close while essential maintenance and repair work takes place.

The listed building and café will close after business on Sunday 25 November 2018. Due to the complex and specialist work involved, Kirklees Council has taken the decision to fully close the whole area – including the new café building at the back – to ensure public safety. In particular, the glazing and metal structure requires specialist conservation which will involve scaffolding inside and outside of the building.

Park visitors will still be able to find refreshments at the Café in the Park in the Refreshment Rooms building by the tennis courts. As usual they will be open throughout the winter from 10am to 3pm.

We’ll update you in the New Year on the re-opening dates for the conservatory and The Park café – and a special re-launch party!

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Mayor opens transformed under 5s play area

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Cutting the ribbon

After more than a year of fundraising by the Friends, it was fantastic to see the Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Gwen Lowe, cutting the ribbon to officially reopen the park’s under 5s play area on Saturday 11 August.  FoGP Chair, Glenis Ireland, welcomed Friends, supporters and representatives from the organisations whose funding had made the makeover possible, and thanked everyone for their part in transforming the play area.

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FoGP Chair thanking donors

As Glenis said at the opening ceremony, we think this project is a great example of what can be achieved by community groups working in partnership with the Council, and is what Friends groups are all about.

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Fun on the slide

Toddler play area 15-08-18

Driving the train!

The new equipment is proving very popular with little ones and we’re really pleased to have been able to improve this part of the park with support from all the generous funders and donors.

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