Welcome to the Friends of Rowntree Park!

The Friends of Rowntree Park is a charity which seeks to promote the well-being of the Park and its users. The Friends work to support increased and diverse uses of the park, by all sections of the community. The Friends are consulted by the council on developments and changes within the park and suggest improvements ourselves. We do not manage the park overall, but we do work very closely with council staff (including the Environment and Community Officers). We also run our own activities, which currently include events for our Younger Friends and a volunteer gardeners group (for information gardening@rowntreepark.org.uk).

Previous projects  are many and have included the Ark in the Park, ParkActive, oral history project, the Lost Words Poetry Project and many more.

We have regular Friends’ meetings which include Council staff.

Help us in our work to keep Rowntree Park beautiful and thriving, by joining the Friends of Rowntree Park. Membership is available for a small annual subscription of £5 per household. You can pay online, via our Membership page  or pick up a leaflet, from the Reading Cafe.

As a member, we will send you our updates and newsletters, preferably by email (to save money and trees), or alternatively by post. This will keep you up to date with all developments and activities in the park, and as a Friend, you are part of a local community group that can affect what will happen in your park. Your membership also offers 10% discount on food and drink, at the Reading Cafe, when you produce your membership card. We offer gift memberships for the same price, or a 10-year membership (so you don’t have to remember your subscriptions each year!) for a bargain £40. For any membership queries, contact us on membership@rowntreepark.org.uk

For other information, contact us via email, info@rowntreepark.org.uk Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.


12 Comments on “About”

  1. Harry Evans says:

    Sorry but on the website there is no way to contact anyone
    Please could you tell me an address so I can either ring or talk to you
    I have some questions about things I have been told
    Many thanks

    • cathmortimer says:

      Hi Harry,
      On the website, there are email addresses for the various elements of the Friends’ activities, eg for Young Friends, ParkActive and membership, and contacts for the yarnbombing project, for the Park Rangers etc. If none of these apply to your query, you can try the info@ email address. Hope this helps

  2. Louise Maule says:

    Hi who would I need to contact in regards to the summer fayre?

  3. Gill says:

    Are dogs allowed at Rowntree park ?

  4. stuaert says:

    hello, i am trying to get in contact regards the badminton courts? kind regards staurt

    • cathmortimer says:

      Hi Stuart

      There are no formal badminton courts at the park, although there is plenty of space to mark your own out – assuming that the flood waters go down in the near future!

  5. Tania Beatty says:

    Now then missus Mortimer 😁 is there any information within this website about the crochet & knitting group, like a telephone number or meeting dates? I’ve had a look myself but can’t find any

    • cathmortimer says:

      Hello there! The Crochet Collective runs from a FB site https://www.facebook.com/groups/1575269356067184/about/ which says 2pm the second Sunday of the month. I will nudge the 2x Admins that I know, to see if it is happening – will be the weekend after the bank hol one, in theory.
      A knitting group meets on a Wednesday afternoon in the cafe: we don’t have a contact and the Reading Cafe doesn’t have a “What’s on” page – yet (we are making encouraging noises)

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