70th Anniversary

Friarwood Vallley Gardens celebrated 70 years during 2020 - 21. Soon after the end of WW2, the Pontefract Borough Council developed plans to create a public park in the Friarwood Valley which was then occupied by several privately owned market garden plots growing liquorice, vegetables, soft fruit and including an orchard. The Council gradually acquired all the plots and work to create the Valley Gardens was officially commenced in March 1950. A flowering cherry tree and stone plaque at the Townend entrance record that event. The official opening of the Valley Gardens took place in May 1951 to coincide with the Festival of Britain.

          1950Cherry      plaque

          Flowering cherry tree, planted in March 1950                                         Commemorative plaque

Celebrating 70 years

Our plans for celebrating the 70th anniversary were prevented by Covid-19. Flower beds at the Friarwood Lane entrance were replanted in commemoration of the 70 years.

         70   FVG1


Two commemorative benches were installed in July 2021

       bench   bench2




 A "memory tree" board has been installed on the Pinhole camera.  

                        memory tree         memory tree1