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April
2013
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New Temple Newsam woodland created in honour of Her Majesty The Queen








Caption: Leeds City Council executive member for the environment Cllr Mark Dobson (centre) planting English oak trees at the new plantation at Temple Newsam with (left to right): Managing Director of Cintas Document Management Jon Joyce, Cintas representatives Kathryn Palmer, Melissa Gales, Lucy Glynn and Darren Ward along with Leeds City Council natural environment manager Glenn Gorner (furthest right)



A new habitat for local wildlife has been created at the Temple Newsam Estate in Leeds in honour of Her Majesty The Queen.



A project overseen by Leeds City Council’s parks and countryside service has seen more than 13,000 trees planted in recent months to make a new three-hectare plantation on the western edge of the council-managed estate.



Named the ‘Queen Elizabeth II Plantation’ in honour of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee last year, the new plantation effectively links Halton Moor Wood to Bell Wood and provides valuable connected habitat for local wildlife in the Lower Aire Valley, particularly for tree-loving species like pipistrelle bats, Great-Spotted Woodpeckers and roe deer.



The new plantation is made up of tall canopy species such as oak, birch, field maple and sweet chestnut together with alder and crack willow plus namely hawthorn, guelder rose, hazel and holly which will provide valuable autumn fruits for wildlife.



The planting scheme has followed the ethos of the United Kingdom Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS), which Leeds City Council was awarded last year and is the internationally-recognised standard which verifies that woodland management meets the highest levels of sustainability.



The final thousand trees at the plantation were planted on a single day earlier this month as part of a ‘1000 Tree Challenge’ set by White Rose Forest as part of its ‘Trees For Yorkshire’ campaign.



The challenge was carried out by council officers working alongside staff from Cintas Document Management UK Ltd, a Leeds-based provider of document management solutions.



Leeds City Council executive member for the environment Councillor Mark Dobson said:



“The concept of joined-up greenspaces for wildlife and people alike is vitally important in Leeds, and we are very proud to have created the new Queen Elizabeth II Plantation at the Temple Newsam Estate.



“We hope that by creating this woodland area we will both be providing an important new habitat for wildlife and also helping to encourage people to go out and explore the natural environment here in Leeds. We are very pleased and grateful to all the supporters of the project such as Cintas for helping make this ambition a reality.”



Managing Director of Cintas Document Management Jon Joyce said:



“At Cintas we are committed to green initiatives and are very proud of our own environmental achievements. Our employees were very keen to be involved in a local community event where they could make a difference.



“When we heard about this initiative it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get the team together, get out our wellies and spades and help create a unique part of the forest that we can be very proud of. We are delighted to be supporting Leeds City Council as part of the White Rose Forest’s Trees for Yorkshire campaign. With our head office in Leeds it was the perfect initiative to be involved in and we look forward to supporting more of these challenges both in Yorkshire and around the UK.”



Notes to editors:



For more information on the White Rose Forest campaign visit the website at www.whiteroseforest.org.uk/



For more information on Cintas Document Management, visit the website at www.cintas.co.uk/



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Roger Boyde,

Leeds City Council press office,

Tel 0113 247 5472

Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk