How you can get involved and help make a difference

    Get Involved

    Please join us to become a

    Member of the Friends of Centre Vale Park

    The annual subscription is only £5 per year - online by bank transfer 

    Contact the Membership Secretaries to receive a joining form 

    Membership Secretaries: Bob Still, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Leye Oladapo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    You can volunteer to work in the park such as

    planting, clearing and repairing paths, or woodland management

    To contact the Park-Work Volunteers: email Rachel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Who we are:

    volunteers groupThere are about a dozen of us, of all ages, now on the volunteer contacts list, and more are always welcome.

    We meet one morning every fortnight, weather permitting, usually for about two hours work. Numbers vary of course depending on who is available.

    We always ensure that the projects we do in no way conflict with the work of the regular park staff, who are often very helpful.

    Each session is led by one of our core team. He or she is responsible for safe working that day. Volunteers are always asked to provide their own gloves and tools, if they have them. Spares are also carried by the leader.

    We are covered by the Friends' Public Liability Insurance.

    Here are some examples of the work we’ve been doing.

    1. Lizzie Freeston Bench (September 2021)




    2. Hedgerow Project

    With a grant kindly given by The Reaps Moss Community Benefit Fund in 2018 we have planted a hedgerow to encourage small birds and insects.

    Hedgerow Project www

    Hedgerow Project Volunteers www

    3. Sunshine bench

    In a space left after the removal of some big rhododendrons, we designed and created a new pathway and hard standing for a bench in the sunshine that is accessible for wheelchair users.

    volunteers bench2

    The bench itself was provided by the Town Council and put in place by the park staff in the autumn of 2017.

    During the winter, volunteers then put in shrubs to fill the gaps. Wildflower sowing is also part of the design.

    volunteers centenery4. Centenary Garden

    This park was created in 1912 from the Fielden estate, as outlined in the historical notes. 

    We marked this centenary with a stone seat as a memorial, and new flower beds, on the other side of the main path from Centre Vale mansion and the Lucky Dog.

    We were granted money for the project from the Town Council and Ward Forum.

    Volunteers will put in some annual border plants to add lots of colour for the summer.

    volunteers woodland5. Woodland work

    If you aren’t that interested in garden work we also use many sessions carrying out simple woodland management.

    Calderdale’s Countryside Team do the tree felling and cutting back of big trees, and the Friends volunteers clear undergrowth, and take out ash and beech saplings and brambles.  These are often so close together that they crowd out and dominate, allowing little else can grow.

    We open up small glades in the woods and clear around streams to let in the sunlight and encourage a much more varied ecology; birds, insects, as well as plant life.

    (See also the Woodland Management section on our Latest News page.)

    6. Fruit Garden.

    This patch near the little red “Japanese bridge” was planted by our volunteers from our own funds and with donations of plants.

    We have put in black and red currants, gooseberries and blueberries and lots of herb planting.

    This is a work in progress.

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