Friends of Friarwood Valley Gardens

Friends of Friarwood Valley Gardens is a voluntary community group that has come together for the purpose of regenerating Pontefract's Valley Gardens. 

The Valley Gardens is owned and managed by Wakefield Council but the local community has seen a gradual decline in its maintenance over the years as the Council has prioritised its resources elsewhere. Friends sees its role as mobilising community support to form a volunteer force and raise funds for the improvement of the gardens. Since it formed in 2012 the Friends group has made many improvements to the Valley Gardens as described on these pages.

Friarwood Valley Gardens is listed by English Heritage as a Grade II Historic Park or Garden because of its association with St Richard's Dominican Friary (1256 - 1538) and it is also contained within the Pontefract Town Centre Conservation Zone. Click on the link above to go to the English Heritage list entry which describes the history of Friarwood Valley.

Friends of Friarwood Valley Gardens is a member of Pontefract Town Centre Partnership. Click on the image to visit its website:

Worth a visit whatever the season
Rose Garden
Rose Garden in June