About us

Friends of Whirlow Brook Park (FoWP) was initiated in February 2021 and constituted in September 2021. It is one of over 80 Friends groups who look after parks and open spaces in Sheffield, with the encouragement and support of the landowner, Sheffield City Council Parks and Countryside Department. It was conceived by members of Sheffield u3A who have restored the area around the rock garden and upper pond, but who recognised that the remainder of the 39 acre park was becoming increasingly neglected due to lack of resources.

FoWP is a separate entity, with its own constitution, management committee and group of volunteers. It will work and operate in close cooperation with colleagues in Parks and Countryside.

Primary Aim of FoWP
Our primary aim is to help restore and develop the Park for the benefit of the people of Sheffield in order to maintain its natural beauty and atmosphere of tranquility which contribute to a sense of well-being in all
who visit. Our Constitution can be found by clicking here.


We have about 25 regular volunteers who work in the Park on Saturdays (once a month), Mondays (bimonthly) and Wednesdays (bimonthly). You can read more about them on our Volunteering page and find the schedule of sessions on our Events page.


Happy volunteers on the Big Pond Clearout, 18 October 2021

Management Committee

At the AGM on 20 June 2022 six Friends, Chris Cave, Maggie Girling, Nick Goffin, James Hall, David Jordan, Roger Lasko and Shelagh Woolliscroft were elected to the Management Committee. The following roles were assigned at first meeting of the Committee thereafter.

  • Chair – Shelagh Woolliscroft
  • Secretary – Roger Lasko
  • Treasurer – Chris Cave
  • Publicity – Maggie Girling
  • Membership – David Jordan
  • Construction and Maintenance – James Hall
  • Projects – Nick Goffin

There is an option of co-opting further members.


Our Patron is Sir Jamie Benton Jones.

Sir Jamie Benton Jones

See our History page to read about his family’s connection to the Park.

Japanese Garden