Harrogate’s Award-Winning Park

FOVG Yorkshire Rose
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Valley Gardens, located in the heart of Harrogate, is famous for its beauty and is highly regarded throughout the United Kingdom. The Friends group was formed in order to offer the public the opportunity to support this valuable park. We work in partnership with Harrogate Borough Council to guide the Park’s future use and development. We are a registered charity number 1148369. Our President is Martin Fish.

In Memorium
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Tony Sissons on the 7th November 2015. Tony was a driving force within Friends of Valley Gardens. His wisdom, support and gentle approach to the gardening tasks will be sorely missed. Please click here to read more about Tony.

FOVG Chairman, Jane Blayney, Wins Harrogate and District Community Volunteer Award - 2015: Congratulations to our Chairman, Jane Blayney, on winning this well-deserved award.

Jane would like to say:
“Thank you Members, Volunteers , Sponsors, Donors, Funders and Partners in the project, and Harrogate Borough Council for your support in the restoration of the Old Magnesia Well Pump Room and restoration and replanting of the Peat Garden.
Your support, enthusiasm, generosity and hard work won this award.
With gratitude,
Jane Blayney

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Rev Brian Hunt, Jane Blayney, Cllr John Fox

Opening of the Old Magnesia Well Pump Room by Harrogate Historian Malcolm Neesam, Freeman of the Borough of Harrogate: Friends of Valley Gardens are pleased to announce that the restoration of the Old Magnesia Well Pump Room and Gardens has been completed. The building was formally opened to the public at a ceremony on 6th October 2015. Malcolm Neesam, M Phil, Freeman of the Borough of Harrogate, led the ceremony.
The Pump Room is to become an Information and Education Centre portraying the Spa History and Development of the Valley Gardens over time.
Future opening times for the Pump Room will be posted on the outside information boards or contact Jane Blayney 01423 505231 /
jane.blayney23@gmail.com to arrange a private viewing.
The restoration was completed in partnership with Harrogate Borough Council.
Without the generosity and support of the members, grants, donors, and sponsors, the restoration of the building and surrounding Peat Garden would never have been completed. To you all we extend our thanks.
The Friends Of Valley Gardens are now hoping, as their next projects, to restore the Green Park Entrance and Japanese Garden.
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Left to Right: Mayor of Harrogate Councillor Nigel Simms;
Harrogate Historian Malcolm Neesam, Freeman of the Borough of Harrogate;
Chairman of Friends Of Valley Gardens Jane Blayney;
President of Friends Of Valley Gardens Horticulturalist and Broadcaster Martin Fish;
Mayoress Mrs Lynne Simms.

We are also pleased that our information panel is now on display near the Peat Garden adjacent to the Old Magnesia Well Pump Room. You can download a copy by clicking here.

Tours of Valley Gardens and the Old Magnesia Pump Room Now Available: Friends of Valley Gardens are now offering tours of Valley Gardens and the Old Magnesia Pump Room as well as presentations to community groups about Valley Gardens. If you are interested in scheduling a tour or a presentation, please contact our Chairman, Jane Blayney at jane.blayney23@gmail.com. All proceeds are applied towards the restoration, maintenance, and refurbishment of Valley Gardens.
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Recent tour for the Leeds Paxton Friday Forum lead by Jane Blayney

2015 1940’s Day a Wonderful Success!
Thanks to everyone who supported our 5th annual 1940’s Open Day. Please click here for additional information and links to our photo galleries.

Historical Images Gallery Updated
Hundreds additional historic images have been added to the site. Please click here to view the new galleries.

Friends Pages
For current information about Friends’ activities and events, please visit our Friends Pages.
To learn more about
Friends of Valley Gardens, click here.
To learn more about Valley Gardens, click here.

The main entrance to Valley Gardens is situated at the junction of Cornwall Road, Valley Drive and Royal Parade Harrogate. Post Code HG1 2SZ. See our maps page for additional information.

Additional Links
Follow these links for additional information
Harrogate Borough Council Parks and Open Spaces
Harrogate Borough Council - Valley Gardens
Band Concerts in Valley Gardens (Held weekly in June, July, and Aug)
Games in Parks information from Harrogate Borough Council
Harrogate in Bloom
Gardens Harrogate (which includes a crossword puzzle about Valley Gardens)
Harrogate Flower Shows
Friends of Valley Gardens 1940’s Day
Skateboard/BMX Park Valley Gardens Facebook Page
RHS Harlow Carr - There is a wonderful walk from Valley Gardens through the Pinewoods to RHS Harlow Carr. You can download the RHS brochure here.
Friends of Harlow Carr
Pinewoods Conservation Group
Harrogate Tourist Information Centre
Sun Pavilion
Claro Marine Modelers
Claro Orienteering Club - There is an orienteering trail for beginners in Valley Gardens and another intermediate trail in the Pinewoods. Maps are available at the Tourist Information Center.
BBC Valley Gardens in Pictures
The Duchy Vixen - News and Information about the Duchy Area in Harrogate
Harrogate Mumbler