Fulford Cross Allotments

This small site is off Fulford Road, past the Steiner School. A path from the Millennium Bridge runs through the allotments, so this site is easily accessible from the South Bank area by foot or bike.
The allotments are located between the river and the Fulford Cross nature reserve, so there’s birdsong and a peaceful atmosphere. It’s a friendly site with a mix of new and long-established gardeners.

Cared for by:
York Allotment Charitable Incorporated Organisation (YACIO)

Monk Stray

This is a large open area of grassland, with a few stands of mature and younger trees. There are several access points around the perimeter allowing to cross it as a route in various directions including connecting to other foothpaths through open grassland to the north. The remnants of the historic Monk Stray are divided into four distinct areas: The grassy parkland known as Heworth Stray, two areas of rough grazing land to either side of the Malton Road, and the privately leased golf course.

Cared for by:
City of York Council

Fulford Golf Club

A golf course since 1906, with an avenue of Lombardy Poplars, several mature trees and areas of scrub, and denser more extensive woods toward the southern end. There is a chance of seeing deer and barn owls. The road which runs lengthways along the eastern edge is a public right of way and takes you over the ring road, beyond which point it becomes a track bordering farm fields leading up to Heslington Tillmire. There are several other footpaths leading off this route which loop back towards Heslington and Fulford.

Cared for by:
Fulford Golf Club

Joseph Rowntree Walk and Flood Plain

A long riverside footpath and cycle track leading from the city centre all the way out to Skelton. This section goes between Scarborough rail and bike bridge to Water end, and has a large flood plain with levy banks. There are many mature and young trees including, Lombardy Poplar, Willow, Lime, Maple and Walnut. This area regularly floods in the winter.

Halifax College Allotments

Allotment site within the area of Halifax college with access via a footpath from Main Street, Common Lane, and paved access from Holmefield Lane. Plot holders are not restricted to the university.

Cared for by:
University of York

Leeman Park

A large area of flood plain with long grasses, wildflowers, well established Weeping Willows and Lombardy Poplar, and young stands of new woodland. There is a paved public cycle and footpath leading from the centre of town to Jubilee terrace, and a footpath/track following the river as far as Water End and around to the RSPCA kennels.

The Friends of Leeman Park are a newly formed group of volunteers from around the Leeman Road Area. The volunteers all have a shared vision to improve and maintain their local area. The map on this page shows the areas the group have committed to working on. The group intend to work in Back Park and the Cycle Way into town from the Leeman Road area.

Friends of Leeman Park are always looking for volunteers. As much or as little as you wish to give will be beneficial to their group and community. They’re looking for all different types of people, practical people who can help with maintenance on the ground, as well as people who are interested in taking an administrative or planning role.

Cared for by:
Friends of Leeman Park

Things to help out with here:

Chesney Fields

A large grassy open space suitable for sporting activity. The site also includes a children’s play area with seating. A shared footpath/cycle path cuts across the site.

Cared for by:
City of York Council

Foxwood Park

Informal parkland, divided by an asphalt pathway that links Foxwood with Woodthorpe. Mainly grassland edged on 4 sides by mature trees. A wildflower area is under development and snowdrops appear in late February followed by daffodils in spring. Sloes and blackberries appear later in the year. No swings or slides for children but there is a single goal post. Some park benches have been provided by Foxwood Residents’ Association.

Cared for by:
City of York Council and the Foxwood Residents Association Volunteers

Things to help out with here:
Litter picking, pruning, nettle & bramble control
Volunteers meet at Foxwood Community Centre garden, Saturday mornings 10:30 till 12:30 mid March to mid October

Scarcroft Park

A medium sized grass area with some wildflowers at the edges, an avenue of Lime trees and a number of other broadleaf trees including some fruit.
There is a playground in the centre and cycle path passing through which connects traffic free between Nunnery Lane and Scarcroft Road. The park borders York croquet club on one edge and Scarcroft primary school on another.

University of York Heslington West

The main wildlife feature of the university is a large lake which attracts a variety of waterfowl and has a large population of coarse fish. Other parts of the campus are managed as wildflower meadows, marshy ditches and other habitats including woodland. Birds found on the lake include snow and barnacle geese, great crested grebes and pochards. Parts of the campus have developed as meadows with banks of ox-eye daisy. Bee and spotted orchids can also be found on the campus.

Cared for by:
University of York