friends of birkenhead park

That which is good should be preserved

Please support the work of the Friends by becoming a member. The charges for membership are minimum rates and any larger contribution will be much appreciated.

Why not join the Friends today?

Application form

Download your membership application form by clicking the button below

Just £5.00 per year will give you membership at the Member level. Receive a quarterly newsletter and join our meetings.

As Member but on joining you will also receive a Friends of Birkenhead Park pen.

As Member but on joining you will also receive a Friends of Birkenhead Park pen and pin badge.

A little about what we do.

The Friends was established in 1976 as a response to the neglect of the park and the need for

an organisation to represent the wider interests of Britain’s first public park.

Since its creation, the Friends have campaigned for the park’s conservation and restoration under its motto ‘That Which is Good Should be Preserved’. At the same time, Birkenhead Park was designated the first conservation area on the Wirral and the Friends play a major role as a

key consultative body, providing responses to all planning applications and contributing to the

Conservation Area Forum. Members of the Friends have produced leaflets on the history of

the park, a quarterly newsletter, and a guide for visitors: they play an important role in

leading walks through the Park and in giving talks on various topics.

The Restoration of the Park

This was due, in part, to the work of the Friends. Because of its international significance and

its Grade 1 status in English Heritage’s Register of Historic Parks and Gardens, there had

been increasing pressure to restore the park. In 2004 a major programme (£11.3m) was

initiated, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the European Union and English

Heritage, with the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral guaranteeing increased revenue support for

at least a ten-year period. This has resulted in a major transformation of Birkenhead Park

which can again be enjoyed in all its splendour.


The Friends seek to improve the profile of Birkenhead Park in the following ways:

Join the Friends and Make a Difference!

Particularly in a period of enforced budgetary cuts, we really need your help. Your enthusiasm

for Birkenhead Park, your skills, and above all your time will really make a massive difference

to the way we can operate in the future. You can join the Friends as an ordinary member, or

make a more substantial commitment as a Kemp or Paxton member. Volunteers are entitled to free membership (* following 35 hours of volunteering time).


£5.00 per year

Paxton member

£20.00 per year

Kemp member

£15.00 per year

Download a Volunteer application form by clicking the button below


If you join as a volunteer*

Free Membership


Please note that all of the above membership subscriptions are minimum fees and should you wish to make a larger contribution we will be delighted to receive your gift.

Member level



For a copy of the constitution of the Friends of Birkenhead Park, please click the download button below.

The constitution sets out our objectives and rules of governance.

Conservation are a map and information

Map Information

Standing Order

Would you like to pay by Standing Order? Please download a Standing Order form here, complete it and drop it into your bank who will do the rest.