Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Children’s designs feature at entrance to wildlife valley

The Wyke Beck Valley Pride project has taken another step forward with the first of nine entrance features being officially opened next week.

Showcasing the artistic skills of local children who have worked with project partner Groundwork Leeds and their designers CDE Ltd to make casts of their drawings of Valley inhabitants, the features are a great example of the way the Wyke Beck Valley Project partnership continues to involve local people.

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All media are invited to the opening of the new Easterly Road entrance on 15 March at 9.45 am.

Cllr Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council executive board member for the environment will officiate and will be joined by children from David Young Community Academy, Grange Farm Primary school, and the Friends of Arthur’s Rein.
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The nine entrances have been installed along the valley from Wykebeck Woods to Halton Moor.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive board member for the environment said:

“These new features celebrate the significance of the valley and all it has to offer, from easy walking and cycle routes, to opportunities to get close to nature.

“I’m really impressed by the way local people, their families and schools have got involved in the Wyke Beck Valley Pride project and are taking responsibility for looking after this important greenspace. We’d like to see even more people joining in.”

The David Young Academy and Grange Farm Primary School are just two of the 15 schools who have been involved in Wyke Beck Valley Pride project.

Over the past year Grange Farm Primary schoolchildren have helped plant 4,000 bulbs, 2,000 wildflowers and over 500 trees in the area. David Young Community Academy students have built nestboxes, planted trees and improved wildlife habitats.

Members of the newly formed Friends of Arthur’s Rein will also assist Cllr Dobson and will help to look after this particular feature and the surrounding area

To take an active part in the Wyke Beck Valley Pride project please go to www.wykebeckvalleypride.org.uk/get-involved

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Notes to editors

This project is part of Wyke Beck Valley Pride, aiming 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.

Local communities will benefit from better access, more information and opportunities for involvement in the life of the valley as well as improved environmental quality for people and wildlife.

The £500,000 project is funded by Natural England through Access to Nature as part of the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces programme, 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, BTCV Leeds, Groundwork Leeds, Leeds Voice and Leeds Ahead.

For more details about Wyke Beck Valley Pride please go to:
www.wykebeckvalleypride.org.uk
www.facebook.com/WykeBeckValley
@wykebeckvalley

Or contact John Kilner, Wyke Beck Valley Pride Co-ordinator
Tel: 0113 238 0601
Mobile: 07739 164958
or email: john.kilner@groundwork.org.uk


The nine entrance features are sited at:

Wykebeck Woods – Easterly Road (not yet installed)
Arthurs Rein - Easterly Road
Arthurs Rein - North Parkway/Bishops Way
Fearnville Fields – Fearnville Leisure Centre off Oakwood Lane
Fearnville Fields – South Parkway Approach
Killingbeck Fields – Foundry Lane
Killingbeck Fields – Killingbeck Drive
Halton Moor- Selby Rd
Beck Fields – Neville Rd


For media enquiries, please contact:
Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 3950244