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Welcome to the FOIRP Website

FOIRP was set up in 2018 to ensure the park areas beside the river Wharfe in Ilkley are maintained and improved. FOIRP became a Registered Charity. No. 1189048 in May 2020

Welcome to the FOIRP Website

FOIRP was set up in 2018 to ensure the park areas beside the river Wharfe in Ilkley are maintained and improved. FOIRP became a Registered Charity. No. 1189048 in May 2020

FEATURED NEWS

Looking Backwards and Forwards!

Despite the Coronavirus and Lockdowns, 2020 has been a pretty good year in the Parks with
progress on a number of fronts.So what will 2021 bring to the Parks by the Wharfe River?

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FEATURED NEWS

Looking Backwards and Forwards!

Despite the Coronavirus and Lockdowns, 2020 has been a pretty good year in the Parks with
progress on a number of fronts.So what will 2021 bring to the Parks by the Wharfe River?

Read More

OTHER NEWS

Thank you to Co-op Members

Over 2020 Co-op members have been supporting FOIRP by donating the charitable portion of their purchases to us. Over the year FOIRP has been able to raise over £4000

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The Playground Appeal Survey of Park Users

As we start to design the Refurbishment of the Playground, raise funds and continue to develop a new plan for the Parks areas we want to hear the views of all Park users and those who want to visit. What would they really want to see? Funders will want to hear what users think.

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Thank you to Co-op Members

Over 2020 Co-op members have been supporting FOIRP by donating the charitable portion of their purchases to us. Over the year FOIRP has been able to raise over £4000

Read More


The Playground Appeal Survey of Park Users

As we start to design the Refurbishment of the Playground, raise funds and continue to develop a new plan for the Parks areas we want to hear the views of all Park users and those who want to visit. What would they really want to see? Funders will want to hear what users think.

Read More

Working with the Countryside Service and the various tasks in the Park

The photo shows the power washed Steps at Riverside Gardens. many thanks to our friends from the Bradford Countryside Service who provided the equipment and expertise, and to the volunteers who helped . The Steps area is looking great! FOIRP volunteers worked hard during the good weather throughout July and August and cracked on with a number of tasks in Riverside Gardens. In particular the area either side the Steps and the platform area nearby have been cleared of weeds and trimmed back of overgrown shrubs, following the great work done to refurbish the Memorial area at the bottom of the Steps where the Memorial benches were refurbished and new plaques put on following the damage to the original ones from the Queens Jubilee refurbishment in 2012.
The benches and flowerbeds by the Hotel were given an extra coat of stain to build on our work last year so they look in top shape. After being planted up with flowering shrubs last year our volunteers have continued to weed and and keep the beds looking tidy. A number of bins were also refurbished with a fresh coat of paint and cracks filled so the 1989 bins looked like they have just been installed again, complete with gold trim. The never ending task of path edging continued ( a bit like the Forth Railway Bridge!) but it's great to see the effect it has on the general look of the Park. Despite regular action to pick litter in all the Park areas this continues to be a problem, We have joined the National n2Minutre Litter Pick Campaign which we will be fully launching i8n the Spring of next year
New volunteers are always welcome, as the jobs to improve the Park always keep coning!

New for Old and just new. The Trees are here!

In the Spring we had storms and flooding and sadly we lost several trees which were blown down by the high winds and soft ground. Tie good news is these have now been replaced and a number of additional trees have been planted to increase the tree diversity in the Riverside Gardens. We'd like to thank the Council for finding the funds to do this at a difficult time. For those of you who like these things the trees which were added were;
Gleditsia triacanthos Rubylace – red/bronze foliage

Liquidambar styraciflua (sweet gum) autumn colour

Liriodendron tulipifera – Aureomarginatum (tulip tree)

Fagus sylvatica Dawyck Purple

3 x Prunus Kanzan – replacements (Replacement Cherries)

Working on the benches!

Sanding them down first

2nd coat and almost the finished product!

The finished article!

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