The Friends have erected three poetry posts in the Park containing poems written by local schoolchildren at the Ulley Arts Festival in 2019. Inspired by the Laurie Lee Trail in the Cotswolds the posts have been created by Lorraine Botterill and are an amazing feature for visitors to enjoy. The idea is to read the poem in the post whilst looking at the view through the window. 

Funding for the project has been kindly provided from the Banks Community Fund


The annual photographic competition is now under way for 2021. Prizes for the ‘Best Ulley Photograph’ are as follows

1st prize £40, 2nd prize £25 and 3rd prize £10

Submit your photograph by e-mail to

The winning photograph last year was taken by Caroline Bennett

  1. All photographs should be taken in the Park during 2021 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 is the 31st of October 2021 with voting on the shortlist drawn up by the committee in November.


We will not be having a Cafe Day for the foreseeable future. It is impossible to ensure compliance with government safety restrictions in the Visitors Centre so until these are relaxed we cannot hold a Cafe Day. 

In the meantime why not order one of the new Ulley shopping bags, for details click on the adjacent post. 

These are difficult times but the Friends Committee hope that the Park will continue to provide a peaceful and special environment for visitors to enjoy as a break from the pandemic situation.


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 usually 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. These have been cancelled during the pandemic

Two newsletters are also usually 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 £5 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.


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

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