Who Are We?
The Group was formed in 1999, and originally members came from the neighbouring districts of Halton, Colton, Whitkirk and Austhorpe. We came to prominence when the Leeds Pop Music Festival was held in the Park and three-day camping was allowed in various locations within the Park. The Pop Music Festival eventually found a new home at Bramham Park, near Wetherby. The Friends of Temple Newsam Park were then able to move forward and concentrate their efforts on the original aims and more positive actions of a Friends Group. Our membership has risen over the last 20 years to aprox 240 households.
To work for the enhancement, maintenance, protection and appropriate use of Temple Newsam Park. To foster in the Community, a pride in, and a commitment to, Temple Newsam Park, and where necessary to communicate public opinion to the Local Authority.
What do we do?
We hold regular meetings with Park Management and Staff to discuss matters concerning the Park
We arrange talks and social activities
We act as a channel for Members to express opinions and concerns about the Park
We facilitate teams of volunteers who help in the Park in practical ways
We communicate with Leeds City Council and other Bodies, if, and when, necessary
We produce and deliver three newsletters each year
We organise guided walks through the Estate with experts on various subjects
We apply for grants and sponsorship for projects on the Estate
We hold Group Membership of the Leeds Civic Trust and the Leeds Tree Wardens
We help support the Beer Festival and man the entrance
We raise money for the benefit of the Park and so far have helped to provide new pathways, sineage, motor transport for disabled visitors and bench seats for park visitors. Some of our members are volunteers helping with tree planting, park maintenance and events organised by the Park Management staff and L.C.C.
Want to Become a Member?
We are a volunteer group whose aims are to preserve and protect the Park for the benefit of the Public at large.
We send out three newsletters a year which, among other things, include details of forthcoming events in the Park.
On production of your (annual) membership card you will receive a 10% discount (on most things) at three local Nurseries which offer plants, seeds and horticultural sundries
Membership costs just £5. per year, per household
For more information, please e.mail our Membership Secretary with your Name; Address; Telephone number to:
firstname.lastname@example.org - A membership application form will be sent to you