Your membership entitles you and your family to enjoy The Dean Gardens and to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting.  As a key holder it will be deemed that you have read these Regulations and that you agree to observe them.

  • New membership eligibility from 1st August 2017 is restricted to a Dean Gardens Catchment Area.  [See Qualifying Addresses and Application Process details.]
  • Membership runs from January to December each year and the subscription amount will be confirmed, normally in the month of February, prior to the Annual General Meeting.
  • New member’s subscription payments will be taken by direct debit on each anniversary of the date of joining.
  • The annual subscription rates will be established at the sole discretion of The Dean Gardens Management Committee.


  • Your numbered membership security key(s) remain the property of The Dean Gardens.  If you decide to resign your membership then keys must be returned to Gardens Administration at the address quoted on all notice boards. 
  • On no account must keys be passed to new property owners or tenants.  (Any new owner or new tenant must apply to Gardens Administration for a membership in their own right.)
  • Additional or replacement keys may be obtained at a one-off cost of £30 each - subject to a limit on keys held.


  • Families are most welcome in The Dean Gardens and play facilities are provided for young children.
  • The Dean Gardens do contain some areas that may be hazardous for young children, for example steep banks and drops; therefore responsible adult supervision is required.
  • Fires, fireworks, barbecues or any golfing activity are all expressly forbidden within The Dean Gardens.
  • Waste bins are provided for minor or incidental items but members must take all other rubbish with them for proper disposal.
  • Organised ball games, e.g. football between six or more, are not allowed on the Main Lawn.  Incidental, small groups and family games are permitted there provide these do not infringe the enjoyment of other members or cause damage to the Main Lawn surface.
  • Cycling is not allowed on the pathways or lawns - except for small children first learning to ride on pathways suitable for this purpose.
  • Parties or social gatherings must be by prior notification to Gardens Administration who will liaise with the Management Committee to sanction the event.  Any party or social gathering must not (i) take place during the hours of darkness, (ii) cause excessive noise at any time or (iii) leave litter.


  • Must be considerate towards other members, their children and guests, and
  • Must pay full attention to their pet's actions - i.e. know where their dogs are and what they are doing at all times

Specifically Owners Must:

  • Carefully clean up after their dog(s) - and dispose of dog bags using the facilities supplied throughout the Gardens.
  • Ensure that there is an identification tag attached to a collar or harness and carry a lead.

Specifically Owners Must Not:

  • Introduce dogs on their own to The Dean Gardens at any time.
  • Walk more than two dogs at any one time.
  • Let their dog(s) off-lead during the hours of darkness.  And, owners must use a torch so that they can properly clean up after their pets.
  • Allow their dog(s) to roam on the Main Lawn in a way that causes inconvenience to other members, their children or guests.
  • Allow, or encourage in any way, their dog(s) to run up and down the gardens banks for exercise.
  • Exercise their dog(s) in any way that cause damage to any lawn or pathway surface. 

Unruly dog(s) that may cause concern to members, their children or guests must be kept on a lead and if necessary muzzled at all times.  This is the owner's responsibility but this condition may also be as directed by the Management Committee.

Members who repeatedly and / or wilfully ignore these Rules for Dog Owners will have their membership withdrawn.


Members are reminded that although The Dean Gardens are an established ‘pleasure ground’, due care and attention must be applied when enjoying the amenity.  Located within a steep valley not all parts are suitable for the young or elderly. 

  • In particular members must ensure that they apply an appropriate level of supervision for their children‘s safety. 
  • Even able-bodied adult members should exercise caution in some areas, or avoid such areas altogether.