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    Volunteering

    How you can get involved and help make a difference

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    To contact the Park-Work Volunteers: email Sarah, 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 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.

    volunteers bench1. 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.

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

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


    volunteers centenery2. 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 woodland3. 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.)


    4. 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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