30 May 2017
A popular community centre and nature area in South Leeds has received part of a £116,000 fund from The Veolia Environmental Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund.
The Skelton Grange project, which receives over 6,000 visitors a year, will train and support local volunteers to re-develop the Adventure Trail, a boardwalk walkway through the woods. Efforts will also be made to restore and enhance the ponds, hedgerows, woodland, riverside areas, grassland and meadows on the south Leeds site that forms a crucial wildlife habitat link in the Lower Aire Valley green corridor.
"We've been able to get started on the project and have already been able to get lots of volunteers involved in improving an area of young woodland as well as improving pathways at the centre. We're also managing invasive species on the banks of the River Aire - notably the Giant Hogweed and Himalayan Balsam." Toby Roberts, Senior Project Officer for The Conservation Volunteers.
Work will soon begin on the next stage, to revamp the popular Adventure Trail which was showing the wearing effects of tens of thousands of little footsteps, thanks to the grant of £26,789 awarded to The Conservation Volunteers by Veolia.
“This project will improve the visitor experience at Skelton Grange Environment Centre, allowing the trail to stay open in all weathers and will really enhance the site.” Lucy Wheeler, Operational Leader for The Conservation Volunteers.
“These organisations must be congratulated on securing their grants. We considered a record number of compliant applications during this round, so these projects managed to succeed in a very competitive environment. We look forward to seeing them start.” Paul Taylor, Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust.
This all happens during a very busy time for Skelton Grange Environment Centre which celebrates its 25th birthday this year, with a large programme of events open to the public and schools. Events will include environmental education days, wildlife surveying, bushcraft events, art exhibitions, play schemes, open days and a huge number of arts and craft courses. More information can be found on Skelton Grange’s website: www.tcv.org.uk/skeltongrange/courses-events