All our activities are on hold until the situation returns to some sort of normality, whenever that may be. The Park is still open!



The Friends of Ulley Country Park is a voluntary organisation working in partnership with Rotherham Council, the owners of the Park, to protect and enhance the natural environment in the Park.

Membership of the Friends group is open to everyone and is now well over 300. We have provided significant financial support to the Rangers team at Ulley since the group was founded in 2006 and continue to work positively towards ensuring the facilities in the Park are improved and maintained for the enjoyment of all visitors.

The elected Committee meets monthly at the Visitors Centre, with the Park Manager and representatives from the local Parish Councils, to discuss the Friends activities and proposals for projects to be implemented in the Park. As a voluntary group, the Friends have successfully applied for grant funding to enable additional resources for various projects in the Park.

The Friends hold a monthly Café Day in the Visitors Centre, generally on the third Sunday of the month, to encourage visitors to the Park and raise vital funds for carrying out improvements in the Park.

Two newsletters are circulated to members each year, in Spring and Autumn, giving details of the Friends activities and projects being  implemented in the Park

The work of the Friends group has been recognised by receipt of the Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award in 2017

The Aims of the Friends group are set out in the constitution as follows:-

  • To protect and enhance the Park, its amenities and its heritage
  • To work in partnership with Rotherham Borough Council
  • To promote further development through grant funding and volunteering
How to join

Annual membership of the Friends group is only £4 and new members receive a copy of “The Story of Ulley Country Park” written by Russ Howes. If you would like to join either:-

Members receive two newsletters a year.


The Friends of Ulley Country Park will be holding Café Days during 2020, usually on the third Sunday of the month, on the following dates.

15th March, 19th April, 17th May, 21st June, 19th July, 16th August,

20th September, 18th October, 15th November and 13th December

 The Café will be open from 11am until 3pm with a range of homemade refreshments and we hope to host a special event at each Café Day. Details will be on the website and displayed on notices round the Park

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION 2020 – Increased prize money!

We are holding the photographic competition again this year for the Best Ulley Photograph of 2020.

Entries can be submitted by e-mail to

Prizes for the best 3 photographs voted at the AGM in November from a shortlist drawn up by the Committee. Prize money has increased this year!

1st prize £40    2nd prize £20    3rd prize £15


  1. All photographs should be taken in the Park during 2020 and have no words or enhancements added.
  2. A maximum of 5 photographs may be submitted per person.
  3. Photographs submitted may be used by the Friends for publicity and fund raising purposes.
  4. Closing Date for entries 31st October 2020


For any queries, e-mail us at   or

phone our Secretary, Paul Nash on 01709 370797.

To contact the Park Rangers, phone 01709 850353.

To contact Ulley Sailing Club visit their website


Ulley Country Park is on the A618 Pleasley Road between Aughton and Whiston. Post Code is S26 3XL


  1. We attended the Cafe Day today, August 20th and both my wife and myself became members. Really enjoyed the day and hope to encourage others to experience the wonderful country park.

  2. We visit Ulley regularly and enjoy a beautiful peaceful walk bringing our bags of bird food. It’s wonderful to hear the bird song in Spring, see the changes over the seasons and also the improvements that you are making. Thank you for the new pots for the bird food. We are now on a mission to find all the new metal plaques. My favourite at the moment is the frog (my husband says it’s a toad!) but we haven’t found them all yet.
    Thank you for looking after such a special place.
    Lynn Morris

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