Please join us for a PUBLIC MEETING about West Bank Park Heritage Project.
Wednesday 16th November, Holgate Methodist Church, at 7pm.

Over the last three years, we have been working and campaigning to develop a new Heritage Centre and Community Café in the Park Keeper’s Lodge in West Bank Park.  From the start our aims have been to bring people together, build pride in our community, celebrate our incredible history and generate revenue to help protect the park. This week we were about to announce new funding for the next stage of the project when we got the news that the lodge was on fire. Since then we have learned that the damage is very serious and the future of our project is now in question.

Like many other people, we are very shocked and upset by what has happened. The building was a link to the park’s famous past and an important landmark at the heart of our community. This project, however, has always been about much more than bricks and mortar and we feel it is now more important than ever. With the support of local people, we are determined to continue the

To keep going we need your support. Please join us for a PUBLIC MEETING this Wednesday 16th November at Holgate Methodist Hall at 7pm to find out more.
If you are unable to come to the meeting but would like more information or to get involved, please email

About The Backhouse

West Bank Park in York is the original site of the world famous James Backhouse Plant Nurseries, once known as The Kew of the North. As the West Bank Park Heritage Project it is our mission to transform the old park-keeper’s lodge, creating a visitor centre and cafe for families to enjoy.


About Our Campaign

West Bank Park is a beautiful park, which lies to the West of the city of York. Within the grounds there is a house which was originally the park-keeper’s lodge. In its current condition, it is disused and unloved. However as the only remaining link to the old Backhouse Nurseries, we want to transform the building into a Centre which will house an educational, heritage and exhibition space along with a café to be enjoyed by all of the community.