Monday, 22 April 2013

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

For more information on Cintas Document Management, visit the website at


For media enquiries please contact:

Roger Boyde,
Leeds City Council press office,
Tel 0113 247 5472

Leeds puts private property standards high on the agenda

A nationally recognised scheme that acknowledges good landlords in Leeds continues to grow with over 35,000 bedrooms now accredited in the city.

Leeds City Council’s Leeds Landlord Accreditation scheme (LLAS), acknowledges good property management standards for all types of private rented properties across the city.

The council’s scheme has just signed up its 15,000th bedroom, and together with Unipol, who accredit properties in the student sector; this means there are now in excess of 35,000 bedrooms covered by accreditation across Leeds.
Tenants seeking rental properties in Leeds are advised to look for properties and landlords covered by either the Accreditation Scheme ( ) or the Unipol Code ( ). Alternatively, tenants can also check the Leeds Homes webpages.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods and housing said:

“The private rented sector continues to grow in Leeds and we are keen to work with this sector to increase the supply, but most importantly the quality of housing available across the city.

“As a council we are focusing on bringing empty properties back into use as one of the many ways of improving the housing offer in the city. We have already invested significant resources in the private sector and are forming a new proactive team to tackle areas of concern.
“I would encourage landlords, current and new, to work with the Council and encourage them to join the LLAS which will enable them to benefit from a wealth of information to help improve their properties as well as a range of benefits and incentives.”

Landlords wanting more information about the Accreditation Scheme and how to become a member can visit the website  

Notes to editors:

The LLAS was reviewed in 2001 and again in 2007 to continue to raise the standards in the private rented sector in Leeds. A further review of scheme standards is planned for 2013/14.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

New health and wellbeing board to be established in Leeds

Leeds City Council’s executive board will be updated on the progress made in establishing the new Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board at their meeting next week.

As part of the vision to be the best city in the UK by 2030, Leeds also wants to be the best city for health and wellbeing. To achieve this, inequalities must be addressed and everyone must have access to the same opportunities in order for them to enjoy good health and wellbeing.

The primary purpose of the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board will be to provide overall strategic leadership to improve the health and wellbeing of residents in the city, and making sure that the health of the poorest improves the fastest. One of its first duties will be to approve a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Leeds, setting out the areas that will be focused on, actions that are already underway and monitoring progress being made in achieving outcomes.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, chair of the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board and executive member responsible for health and wellbeing said:
“To achieve our aim of Leeds being the best city in the UK, it is vital that improving the health and wellbeing of residents is at the forefront of everything that we do.

“The Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board will bring healthcare, social care and public health together with the shared aim of working to achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes for children, young people and adults in the city.

“The board is committed to identifying need and highlighting issues of inequality and disadvantage in the city, and setting out a strategic, cross-city approach to ensure that these needs are met.”

Local authorities are now required to establish Health and Wellbeing Boards under the Health and Social Care Act 2012. This gives local authorities overall responsibility for driving health improvements for residents and a much stronger role in shaping local services. Membership of the board will include a variety of partners including Clinical Commissioning Groups, Healthwatch and the third sector. The Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board will be formally established by Leeds City Council at their meeting on 20 May.

The Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board will work in partnership to:
• Achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes for the people of Leeds;

• Ensure the partners on the Board agree the outcomes to be achieved and how these will contribute to the long term Vision for Leeds 2030;

• Bring commissioners together for children, young people and adults, healthcare, social care and public health to make the best use of our collective resources- the “Leeds pound”;

• Promote collaboration, partnership and integration between NHS, social care, public health and other local services.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578