First Friends Meeting – Next Steps

Communication and Collaboration !

Thank you to all those who came to the first Friends meeting last night.  We hope you found something of interest, and will become a Friend and help build this important part of Guiseley’s ‘philanthropy’ heritage.

We are about to embark on Phase 2 of the regeneration which is about the Friends outlining what the Park should be,  and working together on different projects.   You can be involved as much or as little as you want to be, and more importantly, if you have ideas for further projects we can try and facilitate that. (To kickstart thoughts there is a new poll in the sidebar on ideas  suggested for the Park.)

Just to remind you,  here are some of the projects already planned (subject to Bellway’s confirmation), which, this year, have the Queen’s Jubilee as the main theme.   Email ( or call us if, as a Friend*, you want to sign up for one of these.

Jubilee Woods – March/April   project leader – Darren Shepherd

Hedge Laying – March    project leader – Martyn Hornsby Smith

Wild Flower Meadow – April     project leader – Barbara Winfield

Queen’s Jubilee Tea – June    project leader – Chris Parapia

Bulb/Heather Planting – Autumn    project leader – Joanna Brooks

High Impact Entrances – you chance to design and implement one of the entrances to the park

Also,  if you would like to help build the technical platform for FOPP, or a budding writer would like to have a regular, and relevant, feature for the website that would be most welcome.  We already have the popular Bird Watch,  but we could have one on the ‘floral’ aspects, or the ‘adventures of a dog walker’,  or something about family/local history (your stories is another popular feature), for instance.

We look forward to building a thriving Friends group with you,  and will be announcing further Friends meetings and consultations over the coming months. If you want to receive FOPP news as it unfolds, then make sure you sign up (top right) to get new entries straight to your email,  or link to our Twitter account (see sidebar).

*  You must complete a membership form to take part in the Projects, and so be covered by our public liability insurance.

About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Director and Vice Chair of Friends of Parkinson's Park CIC, Chair of Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Now retired after a career as a Business Analyst and Advisor.
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