Birkenhead Park opened 5th April 1847 - 177 years of giving to the people of Birkenhead!

Friends of Birkenhead Park
Swiss bridge


Opened in April 1847, Birkenhead Park holds the distinction of being the world's first public-funded urban park, a title it exclusively held until 2013 when it remained the sole Grade I listed park in England. The formation of the Friends of Birkenhead Park in April 1976 marked the establishment of a community-driven conservation and heritage organisation dedicated to the park's upkeep. This group has long been recognised by the Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council and various organisations as the authoritative body for the preservation of Birkenhead Park. Drawing inspiration from Joseph Paxton's original 1844 vision for 'Birkenhead New Park,' its members are dedicated to the Park's maintenance. They are also committed to ensuring that the surrounding residential areas and structures within the Birkenhead Park Conservation Area are acknowledged as integral to the park's landscape, supporting their conservation efforts. Over the years, the scope of the Friends of Birkenhead Park's endeavours has significantly broadened, embracing a larger spectrum of charitable goals.

That which is good should be preserved!


It was with great pride the Friends of Birkenhead Park received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service on 2nd June 2021. This is the highest sector award and the Friends are immensely proud of all our volunteers who help keep Birkenhead Park in the finest of condition.

Italian Lodge


Throughout the Park there is something wonderful to see around every corner. From the Grand Entrance to the modern day Visitor Centre, from elaborate Lodges to simple tree lined banks and lakes there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Joseph Paxton

Joseph Paxton

Joseph Paxton, the man responsible for the laying out, construction and design of the Park. This was one of many parks that Paxton went on to design throughout the country.
Wild flowers

Edward Kemp Garden

Managed and run by the Friends, the Edward Kemp Community Garden and Growing Area is simply:  A place for community groups and schools to grow!