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Parks and Open Spaces - Information and Advice

The Harrogate district has an abundance of green space. A wide variety of parks, gardens and open spaces offer landscaped areas, floral beds, nature trails or green open space for relaxation or play. Our parks also offer a range of events and activities,  including Knaresborough Bed Race which starts from Conyngham Hall, Remembrance Sunday Parades, The Big Picnic and the ever-popular annual Bonfire on The Stray in November.  All the council managed parks within the district are freely accessible all year round.   

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Games Facilities 2014 Survey​

Knaresborough Castle Trees Survey Summer 2014​

Every two years we ask users and non-users their opinions about the payable games in parks facilities. We welcome all comments as we continually strive to ensure we meet customers' needs.  Please click this link to participate in the survey. Games in Parks 2014 Survey.  If you would prefer to complete a paper copy please visit one of our games pavilions (Valley Gardens, Conyngham Hall, Knaresborough Castle and Ripon Spa Gardens) where these are available.  All surveys must be received on or before 10th October 2014.​

Visit our Games in Parks page for more information about these facilities.

We are seeking public opinion on a proposal to canopy thin or canopy reduce a number of trees within the grounds of Knaresborough Castle (see Figure 1) to improve views of the Castle Keep.
A public consultation on the Knaresborough Castle Conservation Management Plan was completed in April 2007 and revealed that a number of respondents believed that certain trees within the grounds obstructed views of the castle. Knaresborough Town Council approached Harrogate Borough Council and requested that the ‘tree management’ aspect of the plan should be progressed further. Harrogate Borough Council subsequently carried out a public consultation exercise in February 2014 to remove a number of trees from within the grounds. This consultation revealed that those who took part were in favour of retaining the trees. The council is now consulting on a proposal to canopy thin or canopy reduce a number of trees. A Guidance Note explaining reduction and thinning works is available.
The trees proposed for thinning or thinning  reduction works are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 on this plan. These trees are also identified via a white rope tied around them within the grounds.
Members of the public who would like further details on the proposal to manage these trees, or who are interested in voicing their opinion on the plans, should complete this questionnaire, or email customerservices@harrogate.gov.uk, or write to Paul Casey, Harrogate Borough Council, Community Services, 2nd Floor, Springfield House, Kings Rd, Harrogate, HG1 5NX.
The consultation is open for 8 weeks and the closing date for comments is 4:00pm Friday 8th August 2014.​
Survey available to complete online.

Major Parks, Gardens and Open Spaces

Please see the links below for details of the major parks, gardens and open spaces, their locations, the facilities available and opening times.  

 Facilities within the Parks and Open Spaces

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