Friends of the Park

Haworth Central Park


The Friends of the Park are a group of residents who meet every second Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm at Parkside Social Club to discuss Park matters.  We are a friendly bunch who view these meetings as a social event where we talk about what we want in our Park and how to achieve it, especially in the face of all the austerity cuts being imposed by Bradford Council. We need and welcome new members.

New Flower Beds

You will have seen that we created a big fuss about the removal of a lot of the Flower Beds and how, with the help of the Haworth Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council we now have some new round beds at the top of the Park. These new beds are planted and maintained by the Friends of the Park who fundraise to supply them with plants.  We are hoping to encourage businesses and individuals to sponsor individual beds. More details about this later.

Public Toilets

We are working with the Parish Council to retain the essential Toilets in the Park. We have all signed the petition and are actively encouraging more action and support.

Memory Garden

Our current project is the Memory Garden. This is being created in answer to a need for somewhere for bereaved relatives and friends to do something physical in memory of loved ones.  Local Sculptor Craig Dyson designed and made the ‘Wing’ now installed for people to place written on or engraved padlocks as memorials.  We are in the process of planning the landscaping and planting of sensory plants in this secluded area. A storyboard, already funded by the Parish Council is planned explaining the Sculpture and the garden.

The benches in the garden donated by the Buchanan family used to grace the old Broadway shopping centre in Bradford. They are in memory of their son Piers tragically killed in a motorbike accident in 1990. The stone had been fabricated by Piers for Bradford Council. Many of us have sat on these benches in the past thus evoking fond memories. It is poignant that the benches reside in the new garden next door to the house where Piers grew up.

Bandstand and Park Events

The Parks facilities have been well used during 2017, starting with an event staged by the Laurel and Hardy Association on Saturday April 29th  followed by the unveiling of the sculpture by Craig Dyson on Sunday April 30th at the end of the Tour de Yorkshire race through the village. Both the 40’s and 60’s weekends were a great success. Bands playing on the Bandstand were started off this year by our own Haworth Band to help the Bowling Green celebrate their 80th birthday. A Midsummer Night’s Dream was performed by the Saltaire Shakespeare company in July. A singer from America, Paul Pfau did a special performance during the Festival also in July. Bradford Council organized 4 summer concerts. The Friends together with the Village Hall held a Teddy Bears’ Picnic that the weather didn’t quite ruin. Watch the Web page we have within the Parish Councils site, the Park Notice Boards and your Worth Reading newsletter for further news of events in 2018.

Through the active efforts of the Friends we have a good relationship with Bradford Council’s Parks Department who try very hard to help us achieve our aims.

Contact Details

Get in touch

By e-mail, contact form, telephone or the Contact Point