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Local community comes out in force to celebrate Wyke Beck Valley




Caption: Cllr Jack Dunn (Back, wearing tie), is joined by members of the Friends of Wyke Beck Valley and youngsters at the fun day.



A special ceremony has been held this month to celebrate three green spaces in Wyke Beck Valley achieving Local Nature Reserve status.



In what was a fantastic day, members of the local community joined the Friends of Wyke Beck Valley and Councillor Jack Dunn to officially mark Wyke Beck Woods, Killingbeck Fields and Primrose Valley being granted the award, which will provide further protection to these important conservation sites. This accolade which was granted late last year, is just one of the legacies of the Wyke Beck Valley Pride project, which including partners from Leeds City Council, the Wyke Beck Valley Community Forum (now Friends of Wyke beck Valley) and voluntary groups, made a number of significant and long lasting improvements to the area.



As part of a host of activities on offer, families had the chance to take part in guided walks by wildlife expert Steve Joul, mini-beast hunting activities and crafts with representatives of the RSPB.



To find out more information regarding the nature reserves and how people can get involved in the life of the Wyke Beck Valley, please contact Leeds City Council’s parks & countryside ranger service on: Tel: 0113 3957400 or by e-mail: parks@leeds.gov.uk.



Councillor Jack Dunn, Leeds City Council’s lead member for the environment said:



"It was really fantastic news when three of the areas that make up Wyke Beck Valley were granted Local Nature Reserve Status, and it was a real honour to be at the official ceremony and fun day marking the achievement.



"One of the real legacies of the previous Wyke Beck Valley Pride project was the formation of a new friends of group, who always on the lookout for new members, are doing a really job in ensuring that real progress continues to be made in this very beautiful area."



For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk