Friends of Parks groups

By becoming a friend of your local park or open space, you can:

  • Help improve its appearance
  • Have a say in its facilities
  • Improve its biodiversity
  • Increase its safety
  • Meet new people
  • Get exercise and improve your health and wellbeing
  • Make a positive contribution to your local area
  • Organise community events

The groups are independent, but work in partnership with the Council.

Get involved

Fill in our Friends of Parks enquiry form to register your interest in becoming a Friend of one of Oxford's parks:

Friends of Parks enquiry form

If your local park or open space is not listed, why not contact us and set up your own group.

Aristotle Lane (FOAR) 

For more information please visit the Friends of Aristotle Recreation website. They have recently been awarded a WREN grant for over £33,000 to improve the play provision for older children. They also hold monthly working parties and have dug new football goals, planted trees, removed brambles and tidied up the area.

Bury Knowle Park

The group are currently focusing on improving the Sensory Garden and have been working with our resident gardeners to plant new wildflower areas. 

Cutteslowe and Sunnymead

The Friends of Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park have been putting lots of work into the Community Woodland, with working groups and local school children helping to plant trees and to improve the area. Find out what was discussed by visiting the Friends of Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park website.

Florence Park

The Friends of Florence Park have reformed. Information and dates of meetings are on their new Friends of Florence Park website. The group have some wonderful ideas to help celebrate the estate's 80th anniversary.

Headington Hill Park

The Friends of Headington Hill Park are keen to attract people who regularly visit or are interested in this lovely park and its trees. Working parties will be carrying out maintenance on the array of trees in the park. 

Hinksey Park

We are currently looking for active members of the Friends of Hinksey Park. If you would like to join the group, please contact us to find out more.

Kendall Copse

Many local people have helped create a community woodland on the fields at the north end of Kennington Road. Visit the Friends of Kendall Copse website for more details.

Kidneys (Aston's Eyot)

Spanning both locations, this group have been working hard to plant and maintain a bee friendly meadow.

Leys Parks

Spanning the main parks across the Leys areas, Blackbird Leys Park, Gillians Park, Spindleberry and Frys Hill Parks we are looking to work with partners and local users of the parks to improve these popular areas. 

Lye Valley

Visit the Friends of Lye Valley website to find out about their regular working parties, improvements to the rare fens and talks about the area. 

Magdalen Wood West

The group based in Wood Farm are working with the local community to organise events and working groups. If you are interested in joining the group please get in touch on 01865 252240. 

Meadow Lane Nature Reserve

A lovely spot, just off Donnington Road, backing onto the River Thames. Members have been working with us to create a scenic route through the reserve. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch.

Milham Ford Nature Park

New Marston Wildlife Group have been very busy maintaining and improving this area for wildlife. Visit the Milham Ford Nature Park website for more details.

Raleigh Park

This group have been very busy improving the pond and natural waterfall. The rich flora and fauna on the site has helped the park to gain the Local Wildlife Site accreditation. Visit the Friends of Friends of Raleigh Park for more information.

South Park

Actively working to improve community engagement, the scenic views and historical ridge and furrows, visit the Friends of South Park website for more information. 

St Mary & St John Churchyard

The restoration of the churchyard has been made possible by a great number of people giving their time, energy and expertise to advising, planning and working physically in the churchyard. Visit the SS Mary and John Church website for more details.

St Sepulchre's Cemetery

A working party regularly meet to help maintain and attract wildlife to this tranquil area of Jericho. Visit the St Sepulchre's Cemetery website for more information.

Trap Grounds

The Friends of Trap Grounds support the conservation and management of the Trap Grounds in north Oxford. The Trap Grounds are a three-acre reed-bed and three acres of scrubland, grassland, and woodland, lying between the canal and the railway line in north Oxford, just south of the Frenchay Road canal bridge. Visit the Friends of the Trap Grounds website for more information.

Resources for new of existing Friends groups

If you would like to set up a friends group for your green space we are here to help. If you have any questions or queries please get in touch.