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Here you will find everything you need to know relating to the current and future activities of Friends of Valley Gardens Harrogate as well as important current information about Valley Gardens.
FOVG are a registered charity number 1148369 and we are supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Free Wellbeing Events in Valley Gardens: The Friends of Valley Gardens and Harrogate Borough Council are delighted that the Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing on Duchy Road in Harrogate has joined with us to provide two more FREE 45 minute sessions for a maximum of 30 participants per session to explore ways of Wellbeing in the garden. The next session is at 11.00am on Monday, May 7th, and then on Saturday, June 23rd, at 11.00am.
On May 7th, James’ will guide you through some gentle yogic practice. Then Anne-Marie’s session on June 23rd will guide you around the garden with gentle Yoga and moving meditation relating to the environment and features within the garden.
You can contact Anne-Marie in advance for more information and to register an interest on 01423 524893. On the day it will be the first 30 people to register who are able to take part. Registration commences at 10.30am at the upper entrance to the Japanese Garden. In the event of wet weather the sessions will still go ahead up in the Colonnade near the Sun Pavillion.
You can download a flyer and additional information by clicking
Chris practicing Tai Chi at the centre.

FOVG Annual General Meeting Held on 3rd March at RHS Harlow Carr: FOVG held its AGM on March 3rd in the Jubilee Room, Bramall Centre, RHS Harlow Carr. The meeting was followed by a talk by Peter Mathers entitled 'Municipal Marvels’. Click here for more information.

Old Magnesia Well Pump Room Open Every Month: The fully restored Old Magnesia Well Pump Room will be open from 10.00am to 3.30pm on the first and third Sunday of the month in the summer months and on the first Sunday of the month in the winter months, subject to weather. Please drop by for a visit. It will also be open on Easter Monday, 7th May and 28th May. Openings can be arranged for groups or for private showings by contacting our Chairman, Jane Blayney at jane.blayney23@gmail.com or by phone at 07794583888.

The King Edward VII Memorial Gate at the Green Park entrance to Valley Gardens: This project is now fully funded and work has commenced with the clearing of the existing entrance. Please click here for more status.

Harrogate International Festival to Take Over Management of 1940s Day in 2018: Following an excellent 1940’s event in 2017, FOVG decided that a larger organisation was needed to give this expanding community event the management expertise it required. On Sunday, June 17th, 2018, 1940’s Day in Valley Gardens Harrogate will be organised by Harrogate International Festival. Contact: web site: www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com, email:Sharon@harrogate-festival.org.uk, telephone: 01423 562303

Friends of Valley Gardens Win Platinum Award in the 2017 Yorkshire in Bloom Open Spaces Category!
Congratulations to all the volunteer gardeners and thanks for all the extra shifts you put in to bring the Gardens up the this standard. Also congratulations and thanks to Simon Collier, HBC Head Gardener, and his team for all their support.

FOVG is in need of more committee members to organize the increasing number of activities. Please contact Jane Blayney at jane.blayney23@gmail.com.

Future FOVG Meetings: We have been well served by St Peter’s Church enabling our past meetings to take place centrally. However, we now have the opportunity for a change and our next AGM will be held in the Jubilee Room of the Bramall Centre, RHS Harlow Carr at 10.00 am on Saturday, 3 March 2018. The arrangements include FREE ACCESS to Harlow Carr Gardens after each meeting!
We look forward to seeing you.

FOVG to Develop Heritage Walks in Valley Gardens: FOVG will shortly be developing Heritage Walks for people of all ages and abilities in Valley Gardens. More information will be promulgated as details are developed.

Tours of Valley Gardens and Presentations are Now Available: Friends of Valley Gardens are now offering tours of Valley Gardens and the Old Magnesia Pump Room as well as the sites of our current projects. We also provide presentations to community groups about Valley Gardens. The following informative presentations are now available to be booked:
  • “Restorations Completed and Being Undertaken” by Jane Blayney. Please call 07794 583 888
  • “East Meets West Through Japanese Gardens” by Ann Beeby. Please call 07966 729 299
Thanks to the HBC Small Grant Fund for their award of £818.89 which has enabled us to purchase a projector and screen to assist with these informative presentations. The possession of a FOVG owned projector and screen will much enhance our outreach services in the form of presentations to the community.

If you are interested in scheduling a tour, please contact our Chairman, Jane Blayney at
jane.blayney23@gmail.com. Tours can accommodate all types of groups. We frequently host gardening clubs and schools and both the Brownies and the History Society have visited as well as the groups shown in the photos below. 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

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Tour for Shaun Kiddell, Parks Policy Adviser, Heritage Lottery Fund led by Jane Blayney

International Visitors to the Old Magnesia Well Pump Room: Our Old Magnesia Well Pump Room is developing a world-wide following. Since the building was opened periodically during the refurbishment process starting in 2011, we have welcomed visitors from all over the UK as well as from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Ukraine, Czech Republic, and the states of California, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin in the USA.

FOVG Gardening Group: If you are interested in helping with the maintenance of the gardens within Valley Gardens, you will be pleased to know that FOVG has a volunteer gardening group. Please contact Liz Chidlow at liz.chidlow@hotmail.co.uk to be kept informed of future activities.

FOVG Leaflet Available: FOVG have developed a leaflet about the organisation. Click here to download your copy. (It is a large file so please be patient.)

Friends of Valley Gardens Flyer