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Friends of Roundhay Park

Dedicated To Preserving Britain's Best Loved Park

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Who We Are

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.


What We Do

Our aims are to actively protect, preserve and improve the facilities and natural beauty of Roundhay Park for the enjoyment of all its users. Guided by Leeds City Council Parks & Countryside Services, our volunteer groups and Working Parties undertake general maintenance and planting work in selected areas of parkland, gardens, woodlands, streams and footpaths. Our most recent project has been the fundraising to pay for the redesign and new equipment in the Lakeside Playground.


Latest Park News

We keep our members up to date by way of the latest news concerning our park published on our website along with quarterly newsletters. Any important notices are sent via the optional Mailchimp email service 

Children’s Interactive Garden Now Open

On Sunday 4th July groups of children from the Little Friends of Roundhay Park planted herbs in the raised beds in the garden, completing the final stage of the new[…]

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Work has started on the Children’s Sensory Garden

Construction has started on the Children’s Sensory Garden outside Tropical World.  The first stage is the erection of the willow tunnel shown in the picture The interactive garden will aim[…]

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Happy Festivities have begun in Roundhay Park!

Sallyanne Corry was asked to come up with a creative plan to involve the community with Winter Rocks theme in the park as part of the festive trail as. this[…]

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The Sky Climber in now in place

Following the highly successful fundraising for the refurbishment of the Lakeside Playground the Little Friends of Roundhay Park turned their attention to the Upper Playground on Soldiers Field which caters[…]

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Help the greening of Leeds by collecting tree seeds

The Parks and Countryside Department and Leeds City Council plan to plant 5.8 million trees in the greater Leeds area over the next 25 years and you can help.  The[…]

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The Land Train is Back

Fitted with hand sanitisers on the doors and social distancing by the spacing of the compartments, children, and adults, can again ride the train from the Lakeside car park to[…]

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Things we do well

Spring, Summer and Winter Newsletters, which are posted to our members prior to publishing on our website

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The provision of healthy food for our Ducks, Swans and other waterfowls. This also helps prevent the lakes from becoming clogged up with bread from well meaning visitors.

In June 2018 we organise an ‘Amnesty For Ducks’ whereby we exchanged free nutritious duck and swan food for any bread brought by our visitors. It was a great success.

Our Membership

As of today, FoRP
has a Membership of over 900, 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.

Single, Joint and Family memberships are available through our shopping cart at only £10, £15 and £20 per annum and includes two free entries per year to Tropical  World All of our income is spent in helping maintain the park for everyone to enjoy.

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Some of our projects

The Friends Garden. Tucked away at the Western (Old Park Road) end of Canal Gardens is “The Friends Garden”, a lovely small woodland garden designed and built by Friends of Roundhay Park.


Roundhay Park Tree Trails. Our special app for your mobile phone to guide you through the historic trees of our park


Some of our Campaigns

From raising money to pay for a super new childrens playground, to providing proper food for the many ducks, swans and waterfowl who’s home is our park, our campaigns and volunteer working parties, ensure the welfare of the park, its wildlife  and it’s visitors is maintained.


Left to right – Childrens Playground AppealMary’s Tree Monument – Visitor Information Board


Some Of Our Team

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Dr Marjory Ziff MBE


Philanthropist Dr Marjorie Ziff and her family have, over many years donated to many causes and institutions in Leeds including Leeds Art Gallery and Tropical World and have funded hospital and university facilities.  Dr Ziff was awarded an MBE in 2011 in recognition of this work.

Richard Crichley

Chairman & Trustee

John Tobin


John Ferguson

Membership Secretary & Trustee

Sara Dawson

Publicity Secretary

Carol Haughton

Secretary & Trustee

Helen Gill


Carol Stagg

NewsLetter Editor

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Contact us

You can contact us by using the email form below, or write to us at: The Friends of Roundhay Park, PO Box 129, Leeds LS8 1WY