Wyke Beck Valley Pride environmental group honoured

A local community project’s innovative work to improve the environmental quality for both visitors and wildlife at Wyke Beck Valley will be honoured this week.

As part of the three-year programme, members of Wyke Beck Valley Pride and partners have worked closely to enhance the green corridor that runs all the way from Roundhay Park to Rothwell Country Park through Gipton, Seacroft, Killingbeck, Primrose Valley and Halton Moor.

This has resulted in a raft of environmental enhancements being undertaken to create better access and opportunities for involvement in the life of the valley. Information to visitors has also been improved and new entrances installed from Wykebeck Woods to Halton Moor, giving important green spaces across the valley an identity.


What: School children, community and business sector volunteers, Wyke Beck Valley Community Forum members and other stars of the Wyke Beck Valley Pride project will receive Achievement awards from Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for environment and Martin Wainwright, President of Leeds Civic Trust and former Northern Editor of the Guardian, who will also make the keynote speech.

When: Friday 28 June 2013 11.00 – 12.30

Where: The Moyes Centre, Bishop’s Way, Seacroft LS14 6NU


Honouring members of the group will be the council’s executive member for the environment Cllr Mark Dobson and President of the Leeds Civic Trust Martin Wainwright.

The £500k scheme is funded by Natural England’s Access to Nature fund, Leeds City Council and Green Leeds and is being run as a partnership between members of the community, the Wyke Beck Valley Community Forum, Leeds City Council, TCV, Groundwork Leeds, Leeds Voice, and Ahead Partnerships.

Cllr Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment said:

“It gives me a lot of satisfaction to present these awards, which honours the fantastic work of the Wyke Beck Valley Pride project.

"This project is a tremendous example of excellent partnership working and I would personally like to thank every group, organisation and volunteer who have made such a big difference to the way people both use and look after the green space along the Valley.”

John Kilner, the project Co-ordinator, said:

“The awards highlight many peoples’ commitment over many years, culminating in the grant from Natural England that made it possible to do a lot of dedicated work with the schools, groups and residents of the Valley as well as the landscape.

“Together with an energetic group of new volunteers, all the physical access and habitat improvements, the Wyke Beck Valley management plan, education pack and walks leaflet announced today will mean benefits will continue for many years to come.”


Notes to editors:

The Wyke Beck Valley Community Forum is the community partnership supporting improvements in the Wyke Beck Valley. To contact the forum ring 07535 386851 or e-mail wykebcf@yahoo.co.uk

East Leeds Regeneration is Leeds City Council’s priority long term regeneration programme, working together with communities and partners to improve neighbourhoods, investing now and for the future and improving quality of life and choices for local people

Telephone 0113 2478125 or e-mail eastleedsregeneration@leeds.gov.uk

Access to Nature is run by Natural England and is part of the The Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme launched in November 2005 to help communities enjoy and improve their local environments.

Natural England manages this £28.75 million Lottery-funded programme on behalf of a consortium of twelve national environmental organisations comprising BTCV, British Waterways, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Greenspace, Groundwork UK, Land Restoration Trust, The National Trust, Natural England, RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts and the Woodland Trust.

Through this programme, it is Natural England’s ambition to create opportunities for people from all backgrounds to have greater access to our natural environment and bring a lasting change to their awareness and understanding as well as improved links to the natural world, which many of us can take for granted.

Access to Nature closed to applications in May 2010 but for further information about the programme visit www.naturalengland.org.uk/accesstonature

For further information about the Big Lottery Fund, its programmes and awards visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk

Groundwork is a national charity working with partners to improve the quality of people's lives and the places where they live, work and play.

Contact Groundwork Leeds on 0113 2380601 or email john.cummins@groundwork.org.uk

TCV, a national environmental volunteering charity, enables people to make a difference in their lives and improve the places around them.

For more details call 0113 2742335 or email hollybush@btcv.org.uk:

Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) provides support and advice to third sector organisations & community groups and helps people to volunteer across Leeds.

For more details call 0113 2977920; email info@val.org.uk

Ahead Partnerships is a social business helping companies across the city to get involved in the social and economic regeneration of Leeds.

Telephone 0113 246 7877 or email: info@leedsahead.org.uk

Green Leeds Limited is a charity which receives and distributes Landfill Communities Fund grants for environmental projects across Leeds. Telephone 0113 2478185 or e-mail: Sue.Lumby@leeds.gov.uk.

If you would like further information regarding the project, please contact:

Leeds City Council Parks and Countryside service manages around 4000 hectares of green space across Leeds, ensuring that the city remains one of the greenest and most attractive places to live in Europe. They are responsible for visitor attractions such as Tropical World, Home Farm at Temple Newsam and Lotherton Hall bird garden. Other work includes supporting Leeds In Bloom, operating a large plant nursery, managing cafes and running an education programme.

Telephone Parks and Countryside Head Office 0113 2957400

For further details about the project, please contact:

Maggie Bellwood,

Regeneration Programmes team,

Leeds City Council, Thoresby House,


LS2 8UR,

0113 2478125; maggie.bellwood@leeds.gov.uk

For media enquiries, please contact;

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

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk