About Us:

About Us:

Founded in June 2006 as the final part of Wakefield Rotary Club’s Millennium Project, the Friends of Haw Park Wood & Wintersett aim to preserve, enhance and promote Haw Park Wood as a natural woodland and Anglers Park for the benefit of local people and wildlife.

There are many ways this can be achieved, the most simple is by becoming a member. As a member you could volunteer for working parties, spread the word by distributing leaflets or giving talks, help with fund-raising activities, supply ideas, or just come coming along to meetings to have your say and vote on decisions taken.

However you choose to participate, you will be welcome. Membership is open to all and for just £7 a year you can be an active or passive supporter of this local amenity.

Complete the contact form, if you have any suggestions/questions or if you would like to join us.

Green Flag Award:

We are extremely proud that all the many hours contributed by our loyal Friends volunteers have helped towards our fabulous nature reserve achieving the prestigious Green Flag status.

The aim of the Green Flag Award scheme is to encourage good quality public parks and green spaces that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways. Both Haw Park Wood and Anglers Country Park are award winners and we should all acknowledge the hard work and skills of the Wakefield Council Countryside team in achieving this.

Awards are given annualy and winners must re-apply each year to renew their Green Flag status, sites are judged by experienced volunteer judges and any park that wins the award will be:

  • A welcoming place
  • Healthy, safe and secure
  • Well maintained and clean

The parks also have to meet award standards on:

  • Sustainability
  • Conservation and heritage
  • Community involvement
  • Marketing
  • Management

Starting in January and running through to November each year, we have practical work days for volunteers on the 3rd. Wednesday in the month, when we help the Park Rangers for 2-3 hours with essential work in the park. If you fancy helping or just care about Haw Park Wood and the adjoining Anglers Country Park, then why not join us and give it a try.  Check out the “Get Involved” menu for more details.

The Green Flag Award scheme was launched in 1996 and is managed by Keep Britain Tidy  for the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government.  We first won the award in circa. 2008.

Our Committee

We liaise with the council Countryside department through an elected committee of members, who are:

Ricky Donner – chair

Sarah Slater – secretary

Gerry Dickinson – treasurer

Phyllis Baines – advisor

Dave Mee – advisor and reserve ranger

Pete Smith – advisor

Paulina Treppa – advisor

Brian Mayhew – communications officer