Getting Rowntree Park buzzing

Guest post from York Urban Buzz:

York Urban Buzz is taking York by storm, making the most of the city’s untapped potential for bee-friendly parks and gardens. Soon Rowntree Park and along the river by Millennium Bridge will be bursting with even more flowers, buzzing with bees, butterflies and many other pollinating insects. If you look carefully, you might also spot some bees relaxing in their boutique bee hotel.
We have specifically chosen these sites to be flagship ‘Buzzing Hotspots’. Over the summers to come, there should be a riot of colour, making it a more vibrant and inspiring place to be. The new developments will provide vital new food and nesting places for our pollinators, so that they will be happy and healthy – just like the spaces are loved and used by local people (at the centre of this project is making our parks and gardens better and more enjoyable for us too). Work at Millennium Bridge has already started with wild flowers being planted with the fantastic help of local people and plans are being made for Rowntree Park.

As well as being very good news for us, this is good news for our buzzing buddies too. They have been having a really tough time lately and some species of bumblebee have even gone extinct. What a lot of people just don’t realise is that we depend on insect pollination for much of our food and that around 80% of wildflowers rely on pollination. So, without our buzzing buddies, butterflies and other pollinators our food would be boring and our parks and gardens dull.

So, over the summer when you’re enjoying your strawberries and cream tea, take a minute to thank our tiny pollinators busily buzzing about their day!

York Urban Buzz is a Buglife project. To get involved and support  or contact Andrew Cutts

Creative Portraits!

Great prizes to be won, for a creative portrait taken in the Park. Entries for the ‘Best Selfie’ category, or for a portrait by a photographer aged 0-6, 7-15 or 16 and over. Closing date is 10th July. More details here:


Plant sale! May 7th

Everyone is invited to a plant sale at Rowntree Park, on Saturday May 7th. It will run from 11am to 2pm, and will be located close to the Reading Cafe – look out for our tent! There will be seeds for children to plant (free for members of the Friends). There will be plenty of plants, covering a range of interests, provided by Brunswick Organic Nursery.

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Foxglove: Meredith Stewart 2008

Online tennis court booking

The tennis courts at Rowntree Park are now being managed by the Rowntree Park Tennis club, under an agreement with the council. The public are now able to book and pay for use of the courts online, using the tennis club’s booking system.

Birthday Party 2016

The Birthday Party (aka the Summer Fair) will be on Sunday 17th July. We’re looking forward to another great day, with lots of community stalls, interesting activities, delicious food, fabulous music and much more. If you are interested in organising a stall or having an activity at the Party (or volunteering), please sign up by following this link . For any additional enquiries, please contact Christina, the event manager

New for 2016!

We’re delighted to be able to offer members of the Friends a special deal – 10% off the price of food and drink at the Reading Cafe, in Rowntree Park. This means those delicious cakes, hot drinks and snacks will taste all the more scrumptious!

Members can pick up their personalised 2016 membership card from the cafe, once they have paid their membership fee for the year (still only £5 per household). Payment is by cheque or cash, or by bank transfer (email membership for details). Paper membership leaflets are available at the cafe.

Many thanks to Mel, the cafe manager for arranging this…

Words from a bench 2016

We would like to invite writers to contribute to the new ‘issue’ of the Words from a Bench project. The subject is ‘Midwinter’ and the closing date is March 1st. The full guidelines are available here and the young peoples guidelines are here.
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