Friday, 3 June 2011

Go green at Kirkstall Abbey this Sunday

Interested in local environmental issues? Fancy finding out about environmental volunteering opportunities? Then come along to the Leeds Environmental Volunteering Fair at Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds on Sunday.

Taking place in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey on 5 June, which is also World Environment Day, the fair will be a celebration of environmental volunteering in Leeds. Starting at 12 noon until 4pm there will be a range of activities for people to try including guided walks, green crafts and a range of stalls showcasing the work of local environmental groups and organisations.

The free event is part of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 (EYV11) in Leeds. Environmental volunteering is the spotlight theme for the months of May and June, and the fair will give members of the public the chance to find out about the vast range of environmental volunteering opportunities available to across the city.

To promote World Environment Day, there will be a free giveaway of compost made from Leeds residents’ garden waste (first-come first-served basis). Hints and tips on how people can lower their carbon footprints will also be available, plus the chance to try free smoothies in a bid to encourage people to not waste food.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive board member with responsibility for the 2011 European Year of Volunteering in Leeds said:
“Leeds is already one of the greenest cities in the UK, and, with the help of our volunteers, we can make more improvements to our local environment, particularly in inner city areas.

“I would encourage people to come along to this free event at the fantastic Kirkstall Abbey to witness for themselves some of the great work that our army of volunteers do to take care of the local environment, and find out ways that they can get involved themselves.”

Leah Black, volunteer and placement coordinator for Groundwork Leeds said:
“This is a great chance for people to find out more about environmental issues, local wildlife and volunteering opportunities in Leeds.

“People will have the opportunity to try out various volunteering activities for themselves, or they can just come along and enjoy the fabulous surroundings at Kirkstall Abbey and the environmental information on offer”

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Additional info

Groundwork is leading the environment theme in Leeds working in partnership with key partners Leeds City Council, Voluntary Action Leeds, Aire Action Leeds, British Waterways, Beeston in Bloom, BTCV, Healthy Living Network Leeds, Leeds Ahead, and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578
Email: claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk