Rowntree Park Photograph Competition 2019

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We are pleased to announce that we are holding a photography competition for images taken in the park.  There are a range of categories and ages groups that you can enter. You are welcome to submit up to 3 images in each category.


  • People in our parks: such as people walking, jogging, cycling, picnicking, skating etc  Park landscapes: for example landscape shots, animals, trees, plants, buildings in a recognisable park setting. 
  • Seasons in the park: for example Winter weather, Springtime flowers, Summer sunsets, or Autumnal colours.
  • Our Back Yard – anything that represents ‘community’ and what the park means to you.

Who can enter?

Anyone is able to enter from beginners, enthusiasts and professionals.  However, no entries from any images that have won previous national and local competitions please.  The images can have been taken at any point over the years. Landscape and portrait accepted. Edited or unedited.

Children are welcome to enter and the age groups are below and the same categories apply but will be judged with against their age-appropriate peers: Age 2-6, Age 7-11,  Age 12-16

Entry to the competition is free to members of the Friends of Rowntree Park and their household.  There is a £5 entry fee for non-members (which includes membership of the Friends for 1 year). If you are not already a member you can join here:

Where to send images to:

Images can be taken on a camera or a phone and should be emailed to

Please include your name, address, email info on the category/ies you are entering and age group if relevant (with exact age for children).

Closing date: Noon 30th September 2019


General information

You are welcome to tag your images on social media  ‪#FRPphotocomp on social media (instagram, twitter and facebook) but we will need the image emailing if you plan to enter the competition.  

The winning entries will be printed and displayed in Rowntree Park Reading Cafe and overall winners for adults and also children (across the categories) will receive a voucher for the Park Cafe. All winners will be able to have the enlarged images to keep from the display when it’s taken down.

Please note: You must own the copyright to any photo submitted and give permission for its use by the Friends of Rowntree Park including in press releases, website and for sale (to raise money for the Friend of Rowntree Park). You must get permission from any people in your photos and the parents/carers of any under 16s. 

If you have any questions about how to enter or in connection with the competition, please contact abigail at




Woods for Well Being

Adult mindfulness and crafts in nature

Escape from the stress of life and take some time to unwind and connect with nature. Join us for our first women’s natural craft and mindfulness session in the beautiful setting of Rowntree Park woods on Friday 20th September 1-2.30pm.


Join us a learn a new skill and craft at your own pace.  This first session will include basic willow weaving to create a dragonfly.  Future session may include a mix of crafts include whittling, willow weaving, basic bushcrafts and campfire fires and needle felting amongst more.

All sessions will allow time for you to learn new crafts, connect with the natural environment and to feel more comfortable enjoying time in the woods.  Also the opportunity to meet likeminded people, or opt to spend time by yourself.

Take some breathing space, connect with nature and learn new skills, and return home feeling refreshed and replenished.

Sessions are designed for women, and those who identify as women, aged 16 upwards. We also welcome non-binary individuals who would enjoy the support of a women’s group.

Our sessions are run by our volunteer Christine, who describes herself as a ‘hobbycrafter’ and is also forest school trained.  The cost of the session a £12 for members and £15 for non-member, and includes a hot drink made outside in the woods. The session runs from 1pm-2.30pm. Any profits goes back into our volunteer work in the park. 

If you are not already a member – you can join for just £5 a year.  As as well as helping our work in the park, you also get discount to our events and 10% off in the cafe all year.

Can’t make a Friday? The next session will run on Saturday 19th of October 10-11.30am.

For further details and to book your place, follow the link here:

Members ticket (£12) Buy Now
Non Members Ticket (£15) Buy Now

Any questions then drop Abigail a line at

The Friends of Rowntree Park are a group of volunteers who look after the park and provide events for the community.  We are all volunteers and care about our park and community.

The Wild Ways

The Five Ways to Wellbeing, a framework for promoting good mental health in use by organisations all over the world including the NHS and the major UK mental health charities. The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a simple way of thinking about our mental health, they suggest 5 easy actions which we can all take to improve our happiness in our daily lives. We have taken the 5 ways and adapted them to an outdoor, green environment.


Bushcraft and Forest school session 6+

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Join us for a weekend Forest school/bushcraft session aimed at children aged 6 and over.

Over the next few months, we will be running some sessions that will get the children outdoors and engaging with nature. Sessions will include a mix of:

  • Fire lighting and campfire cooking
  • Bushcrafts – using tools, knives, drills and saws to create
  • Nature based arts and crafts

All sessions include hot chocolate and marshmallows (or suitable alternatives) that the children will make on the open fire or using the Kelly Kettle.

The sessions will take a Forest School approach – Forest school is more than just sessions outdoors. It is a specialised approach that is learner-centred and aims to promote the holistic development of the child. Through hands-on practical learning, Forest school fosters resilience, confidence, self-esteem, independence and creativity and encourages- children to take risks within a supportive learning environment set within nature.


The sessions are run by our forest school trained volunteer Christine. All very reasonably priced for experiences that are utterly priceless! All profit goes back into our volunteer work in maintaining and improving the park too!

The sessions are aimed at children 6+ and they should be accompanied by an adult. No adult ticket is needed.  if you have younger children who would need to come along, drop us a line.  Your child is welcome to come with another adult who has other children at the event. 

The first session takes place on Saturday 14th of September 1-2.30pm and is only £6 for members and £7 for non-members.

Not a member? You can join for just £5 a year. Not only would you be helping our volunteer work in the park, but you also get a discount to all our events and 10% off in the cafe for the year. Join before booking your place – it comes straight through, so go ahead an buy a members place!

Places are strictly limited, so book your place using the link below:

Members ticket (£6) Buy Now
Non Members Ticket (£7) Buy Now

Tickets are non-refundable but you are welcome to sell your ticket if you get the buyer to contact us.

Any questions please drop Abigail a line at

Forest School comes to Rowntree Park

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We are excited to announce that Forest School sessions for children are coming to Rowntree Park this Autumn, starting on Friday 13th of September. Places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance.

Magical moments being nurtured in nature

It is so important for children, and adults, to spend time outdoors in nature. Forest school is more than just sessions outdoors.  It is a specialised approach that is learner centred and aims to promote the holistic development of the child.  Through hands-on practical learning, Forest school fosters resilience, confidence, self-esteem, independence and creativity and encourages children to take risks within a supportive learning environment set within nature.

Sessions will include: Den building, foraging, campfire cooking, mini-beast hunts, fire lighting, woodland crafts, storytelling and natural paint making and more – all run by  Christine, our Very Young Friends group leader, who has taken her official training to be able to offer these amazing sessions that are exceptional value for money.

Rowntree Park Forest School will be themed around a nature topic but essentially child-led so they will evolve naturally according to individual children’s interests and abilities.  There will be lots of time for free play and exploration of the individual’s interests as well as focused activities.

Time to develop, connect and grow

Forest School’s ethos recommends a range of continuous sessions rather than one-off ad hoc sessions, therefore we are offering a six-week course aimed at preschoolers (2-5 year olds).  Homeschoolers are also welcome.  The six-week block begins on Friday 13th of September and lasts session is Friday 25th of October (see note below). Each session runs from 10am-12pm.

Due to the nature of the activities, places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance. Parents stay and engage with their children and learning at the sessions – fun, relaxing, mindfulness for all!

UPDATE – this first set of sessions sold out in just a week.  Therefore if you are interested in hearing about future sessions, please email us and you will be the first to hear about any future dates.  Contact our volunteer abigail at  who handles admin/bookings.

Members – £36 Non Members – £42
Forest School 6 week sessions – 13/9, 20/9, 4/10,11/10, 18/10, 25/10

(note no session on 27/9)


Save money on the sessions AND help your local park?

You can become a member of Friends of Rowntree Park for just £5 a year per household.  For this, you get discounts at our events, monthly newsletters, 10% off in the cafe for the year whilst helping support our volunteer work in maintaining and improving Rowntree Park.  You can join here:

If you would like further details about membership or Forest School sessions then please get in contact with Abigail at





Wild Life Day

We care about our local wildlife and know you do too!  The park has a vibrant mix of birds, animals and insects and we love them all!  Come along to our Wild Life Day in Rowntree Park to find out more about the types of wildlife we have in the park and engage with our range of family-friendly activities.

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The event will run between 12-3pm on Sunday 9th of June and is free to attend.  We have a range of groups coming with information and activities including:

  • Owl adventures who will run some displays
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
  • Butterfly conservation trust 
  • St Nicks 
  • Bumblebee conservation trust
  • The conservation volunteers [TCV]
  • RSPB
  • East Yorkshire Bat Group 
  • Askham Bryan wildlife and conservation park
  • Hedgehog group
  • King of the Birds Trail
  • More TBC

There will be a range of ‘drop-in’ children’s activities including (minimal charges may apply):

  • Wild Art
  • Bee finger puppets
  • Bee walk
  • Bird feeder making
  • More TBC

In addition, we are running Pond Dipping sessions*.  The Pond Dipping sessions need booking in advance as numbers are strictly limited for this popular event:


Members Ticket – £2 Non Members ticket – £3
12pm-12.45pm SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
1pm-1.45pm SOLD OUT BUY

*Parents/careers are expected to stay with their children at all times, but tickets are only needed for the children involved in the event.  Most suited to 2-13-year-olds (approx)

There is no physical ticket.  You have your Paypal receipt and we have a list of names.  We will email you a few days before the event with details on where and when to meet.

The main event will take place on the large field near the playparks.   This event has been organised by Friend of Rowntree Park.  We are a group of volunteers who care about the park and community.  The event is non-profit making and any money made/donated goes back into the park.  We appreciate your support and know you share our love of the park and its wildlife.

Please see our Facebook events page for updates.

Important information

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There is a cafe on site run by York Explore (with toilets) and also a toilet block near our location.  It is advised to bring a picnic as the cafe may be very busy.  Alternatively, Bishopthorpe Rd shops are nearby for food and Cycle Heaven cafe (across the Millenium Bridge) – all within 5 mins walk.

The carpark at the park is small and there are council parking charges.  You can walk to the park from town (15 mins) or get a Bus to Bishopthorpe Rd.  You can access the park from Bishopthorpe road via Clementhorpe, Vine Street, Charlton Street, Richardson Street, Cameron Grove, and Butcher Terrace.  In addition, across the Millennium Bridge from Fulford.

If any other wildlife-related groups are interested in being involved, or you require further information – contact Ruth:


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Enchanted Woodland

Join us in the ‘Enchanted Woodland’ area of Rowntree Park.  If you listen quietly you will hear whispers…it is rumoured that elves and fairies live here!

We’d love you to join us for crafts and activities in the woods.  Make your own mystical woodland creatures and create them a home! Follow the trail and find the doors of our magical woodland folk.  Unlock your little one’s imagination with us!



The details

Saturday 25th May – 10am or 10.30am start

The event is suitable for 2-10-year-olds: The event lasts around 1 hour and 30 mins.

£2 per child for Friends of Rowntree Park members and £3 per child for non-members.

Little ones (and big ones) are welcome to dress up!

You only need to purchase tickets for children over 2 who will be involved in the activities. No adult tickets needed (more adults the better to help the kids craft!).  If your under 2 year old wants to be involved in crafts, please buy them a ticket so we have enough resources -if they are just ‘helping’ their sibling(s) then no ticket required.

Join us in the woodland area near the Cameron Grove/Butcher Terrace entrance. Wind your way through the woodland path to the log story circle, but look out for homes of ‘little people’ on the way!

All our events are run by volunteers, any money raised covers resources for the event and then goes back into the park which is mostly maintained by volunteers. Children remain the responsibility of their parents/carers at all times.

Join the Friends of Rowntree Park and unlock your discount!

If you’d like to support our volunteers work in the park, you can join online for only £5 a year per household – you get 10% off at the cafe for the year, discount/free entry to the events we run and a warm fuzzy feeling you are supporting the park!  Buy your membership and then purchase a ‘members’ ticket for the Woodland event below.

Any queries please contact Abigail at

Friends of Rowntree Park Members -£2 Non Members – £3
Enchanted Woodland event ticket – 10am start Buy Buy
Enchanted Woodland event ticket – 10.30am start Buy Buy

*If for any reason the event doesn’t go ahead, ticket prices will be refunded.  However, if you can no longer make the event, I’m afraid we cannot refund the ticket though you are welcome to sell the ticket(s) on – just let us know the name of the buyer.  


How to find us:

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There is a carpark at the park – Terry Avenue.  However, it is a lovely 15 min walk/scoot/bike from town along Skeldergate or catch the bus to Bishopthorpe Rd shops and walk down to the park via Clementhorpe/Vine Street/Richardson St.

Other facilities/things to do:

The park has a library cafe and is perfect for lunch and snacks, as well as reading with the children.  There are also numerous picnic benches and spots around the park. There are play parks, a skatepark, basketball courts and you can feed the ducks on the pond with duck food from the cafe.


Rowntree Park History Project


Rowntree Park is so important to many of us, and a great place to spend time together as a family, relax and unwind.  The park has changed many times over the years since it’s opening in 1921.  We are inviting children aged 6-13 (approx) to join us for an interactive History session about the park where we can explore it’s past, present and possibly it’s future.

The session will lead to children starting to plan a way they’d like to share their findings with the public.  This may be a though a piece of art, a story, a poem or making a short film.  Their work will be displayed in the cafe and used on social media (films).

This is a session for children to really get to know their local park and what it has meant to people over time – they can find out about the music that used to happen weekly, the aviary, the swimming pool, the boating lake, the colourful characters that were the park keepers and more!

The session takes place on Sunday 24th of March 10-11.30am in Rowntree Park  Cafe.  The ticket price includes a drink and a pastry for children.  All events are run by volunteers, and children remain the responsibility of their parents/carers.  Abigail who is running this event, and involved in many of our children’s events, is a qualified teacher (history specialism).  Parents can have a relax in the cafe whilst the session is on – a perfect Sunday morning!

History Project Members Ticket -£5 Buy Now
History Project Non-Members ticket – £6.50 Buy Now

Not already a member?  You can join Friends of Rowntree Park for just £5 a year per household.  As well as priority/discount entry to events, you also get 10% off at the cafe for the year, monthly newsletters and the knowledge you are supporting our volunteer work in the park.

Join today!

Any questions regarding the project, please email Abigail at

Tickets are non-refundable, but you are welcome to sell your ticket on – but please let us know who it goes to so we can get in contact.

*Pictures courtesy of ‘Ruby Florence Lea’ and York Press archives.