VOLUNTEER members of The Friends of Haworth Central Park rolled up their sleeves to improve this public green space over the weekend.

On Sunday April 15 they met to plant up the eight round flowerbeds at the top of the park with assorted herbaceous plants, ensuring these beds stay in character with the flowerbeds above the bowling green maintained by Bradford Council's Parks department.

A friends group spokesman said: "The eight new beds were installed last year by Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council, to be maintained by ourselves in response to local outcry at the loss of flowerbeds caused by austerity measure cuts.

"The Friends' current project – the Memory Garden – is waiting for three large conifer trees to be removed to make way for some ornamental trees, and to create a more open and grower friendly area.

"The sculpture in the memory garden is proving popular, with many memorial padlocks already in place. A storyboard explaining the sculpture and garden is in progress and should be installed this summer.

"Our Friends group consists of local residents, keen to keep the park a picturesque and community-friendly outdoor recreation area and to have a good working relationship with the district council's Parks department.

"We meet every second Tuesday of the month at Parkside Social Club at 7.30pm. Any residents interested in the future of the park are welcome to attend."