The Friends of Roundhay Park (FoRP) is a charitable organisation formed in 1994 by local Leeds residents who decided to get involved with the Park, rather than just talk about it. They had the vision to create an organisation bringing together all lovers of the Park.
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As of today, FoRP has a Membership of over 700, made up of a diverse mix of people. Anyone and everyone is welcome and you do not have to live in Roundhay, or even Leeds. All that is needed is a love of Roundhay Park together with a small subscription fee to help support our efforts.

Join On-Line Single, Joint  and Family memberships are available through our shopping cart at only £10, £15 and £20 per annum.

All of our income is spent in helping maintain the park for everyone to enjoy. Click Here For Membership Details 

The Friends of Roundhay Park invite you to a special presentation!

Rowland Ding, Yorkshire Aviator (1885-1917): His Life and Achievements.

Rowland Ding was the chief test pilot for Blackburn Aircraft Co on Roundhay road. He was a local hero, often flying from the Soldiers’Field, but tragically dying in an

accident nearby. In this centenary year of his death, we’re privileged to have not one, but two grandsons to speak about their respective grandfathers. Robert Blackburn and Rowland Burley will give an illustrated presentation and talk about their grandfathers’ achievements.

Sunday 9th July, 1pm at Roundhay School LS8 1ND Entry, including car park, through the main entrance, Old Park Road.

Pay at the door, or book in advance with PayPal.
Closing date for bookings Thurs 6th July.
Please note: we will not be issuing tickets but will check your name off the list on arrival.

Rowland Ding Presentation. Admission £5, under 19’s free.

Thursday Evening 2nd March – Leeds Town Hall.

John & Shane Accepting The Awards. Photo courtesy of Peter Howarth Photography

John & Lesley Ferguson, representing the Friends of Roundhay Park, accompanied by Shane Green (our chainsaw sculptor) and his wife enjoyed an excellent meal in the magnificent surroundings of Leeds Town Hall. The occasion was the presentation of the Leeds Architecture Awards for 2016 and Mary’s Tree had been shortlisted for an award. The jury consisted of architects, landscape experts and Leeds Civic Trust and they award certificates in eight categories. In the category Public Realm and Landscape Design, Mary’s Tree received a Highly Commended certificate just being pipped for the top spot by Sovereign Square, a new park in the centre of the city. However, when the jury awards were completed there was still the Peoples Choice award were members of the public vote for their favourite from all the shortlisted entries. “And the winner is…” Mary’s Tree. So two extremely surprised gents made their way to the stage for the second time to receive the winners certificate and be photographed again. All we need to do now is to decide where to display the certificates.


Mary’s Tree. Saturday 18th June saw a large number of Friends, local councillors and park staff celebrate the official completion and dedication of the sculpture known as Mary’ s Tree.

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With funding from a bequest from local resident and park lover Mary Hill, the Friends of Roundhay Park engaged local sculptor Shane Green to transform a dead tree into a wonderful new attraction in the area below Canal Gardens.  Present to celebrate the opening were Mary’s nephew and nieces and their families, as well as many Friends and parkstaff.

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