Friends of Saltwell Park is a community group made up of volunteers who work alongside Gateshead Council and other park users.

We have a 5 year plan aimed at promoting and protecting the wellbeing and enjoyment of the park.

More information can be found on our website.

If you would like to be involved please contact us at [email protected]

Please contact Gateshead Council if you have an enquiry about:

-Opening times

-Requests to hold events

-Public amenities

-Anything to do with the running or facilities in the park

Useful numbers:

For dog-fouling, littering, graffiti, motorbikes etc. in the Park

Phone: 0191 4775000 (24 hr number)

For low level criminal offences ... broken glass, vandalism (anything that’s not happening right now)

Phone: 101

If you feel threatened or harassed or see a fire or an accident

Phone: 999


Dear Friends

In these unprecedented times and in line with government directives we have decided that we will cease all Friends of Saltwell Park activities for now until we are more certain about Covid-19 restrictions. This includes:

• All Saturday morning events

• All meetings, although we can tell you that our AGM 2021 happened by Zoom video conferencing on 28th April 2021), all walks - Health, Heritage, Bird and Sculpture

• And, as instructed by Gateshead Council, all Saltwell Park User Group (SPUG) meetings and task days.

We hope these are just postponements and we can develop a revised programme soon.

In regards to Membership Renewal - information about renewing your membership was sent out to you with the AGM papers. Final information about this will be in July 2021's newsletter.

We are working hard to send out a monthly short newsletter (by email and post to those without email addresses) and we will display information via our website, in our notice board in the Towers and through social media.

Working together we will get through this but we all need to be safe and adhere to the current government guidelines. The committee will continually review the situation and report to members any significant developments.

Stay well and be safe.

Friends of Saltwell Park   May 2021

The Friends of Saltwell Park

The Friends of Saltwell Park was set up in 2005. We look to promote and protect the well-being and enjoyment of the Park for the benefit of the local community.

OUR VISION 2017 TO 2022

Saltwell Park, thriving at the heart of the community, safe and secure as “the People’s Park” for future generations.

We provide a regular newsletter and monthly activities such as talks and guided walks. See our full programme of events.


We offer free strolls in the Park. These are held every Tuesday morning at 11.00 am. Meet outside the north door of the Towers beside the way-marked routes board.

Heritage Walks - giving an insight into the history of "The People's Park".

Bird Walks - learn more about the wild birds which live and pass through the Park.

Heritage and Bird Walks can be arranged by appointment for groups of up to 20 people. Please contact us for further information.


We also work with other organisations in the Park. Please visit the Project page for more information.

Photographs on the home page taken by Wendy Pearson. If you have photographs which you would like to see on our website please contact us.