Stunning images of one the city’s most famous beauty spots have been captured in a calendar that will raise money to keep it looking picture perfect.
This month marks the 140th anniversary of the official opening of Roundhay Park as a public park, carried out by His Royal Highness Prince Arthur.
And just a snapshot of some the picturesque images featured in the 2013 calendar, produced by the Friends of Roundhay Park (FoRP), is enough to reveal why the green space has remained so well-loved throughout the decades.
For their 2014 offering the Friends are holding a competition to find the best photographs for each month, urging the public to submit their own photographs of favourite scenes, spots or seasons in the park.
The snaps must have been taken within the boundaries of Roundhay Park and should not be more than three years old.
Entries will be judged by an independent panel.
Julia Wilson, chairperson of the FoRP, said: “We’re not offering a financial prize because it’s for charity.
“The main incentive is for the joy of seeing their photograph in print, in a limited edition calendar that goes all over the world.”
When the hard-working group of volunteers first decided to produce their own calendar for 2011, it had to be funded through loans from individual members.
But due to the growing popularity of the calendars – many of which end up on the other side of the globe as treasured gifts for friends and family or souvenirs for overseas visitors to Leeds – they have been able to persuade local businesses to sponsor the subsequent two.
The result is more profits to be ploughed back into the park’s upkeep, such as paying for extra plants, new bulbs, tools, equipment and the printing of new publications such as their tree trail.
Calendars are £7.99 and on sale at Roundhay Park Visitors Centre; Headrow Gallery in Alwoodley, City Stationers and With Love in Oakwood; as well as at the October Farmers’ Market in Oakwood.
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