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December
2014
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Youngsters sow the seeds of beauty at city parks




Picture caption: Cllr Mark Dobson and Cllr Jane Dowson with youngsters who took part in the seed gathering project.



Over 450 children have played their part in this year’s Leeds City Council seed gathering project.



Youngsters joined staff from the council’s parks and countryside team to take part and gather seeds as part of the initiative, which has resulted in over 800 trees planted in locations across the city over recent years. Seeds were collected from a number of parks including, Roundhay Park, Chevin Forest Park, Middleton Park, Golden Acre Park and Temple Newsam.



A number of learning sessions were also included, which provided those taking part with the chance to find out more about the local woodland habitat at each park, and more about seeds and their dispersal along with tree planting. Children also had the opportunity to plant their own seed in a pot and take it home to grow their very own tree.



Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for cleaner, safer and stronger communities said:



"We were delighted to once again give youngsters the opportunity to take part in our fantastic seed gathering project, which has seen over 800 trees planted across the city in recent years.



"The enthusiasm from the children is always superb, and I would like to personally thank our parks and countryside team for their hard work in making schemes such as this one a tremendous success."



Councillor Jane Dowson, Leeds City Council’s lead member for children and families said:



"It was really brilliant to see over 450 children in Leeds this year have such an enjoyable time discovering more about the beauty of our trees and parks.



"As part of the initiative, a number of interesting learning sessions regarding our local habitat and seed dispersal were provided on the days, which as always were really well received by the children."



For media enquiries, please contact;

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

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk