Wednesday, 24 July 2013

New signs to honour the Leeds fallen of the Great War

Caption: Leeds City Council executive member for the environment Councillor Mark Dobson (right) with Regional Supervisor North for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Stephen Liversage at the new sign at the entrance to Lawnswood Cemetery

Special signs are appearing at cemeteries in Leeds to officially honour those who fell in the First World War.

As part of the lead-up to the 100th anniversary next year of the outbreak of the Great War, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is carrying out a project to raise awareness of the 13,000 sites in the United Kingdom, Iceland and the Faroe Islands where those who died in the war are buried.

The commission is now working with Leeds City Council to place signs at 15 cemeteries in the city to act as a permanent reminder that fallen soldiers are buried there. In total more than 800 Commonwealth and Allied soldiers from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Belgium who died in the First World War are buried in Leeds.

Leeds City Council executive member for the environment Councillor Mark Dobson said:

“We were honoured to be approached by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to be part of this project. These soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our freedom and way of life and their final resting places deserve to be recognised in this respectful way.”

For more information on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission visit the website at


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

City parks celebrated in style

A number of special events are set to begin this week which will celebrate Leeds’ parks.

As part of Love Parks Week, which is a national event, a range of activities, guided walks and volunteering opportunities will be held across the city that recognise the important part that parks and green spaces play in both communities and people’s lives.

Kicking off the programme of events on Saturday 27 July which end on 4 August, will be a 10pm Glow Worm walk organised by Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at Billy Woods in Kippax. Those participating will have the opportunity to find out more about this elusive creature, and hopefully find one or two flickering under the undergrowth.

Next up on Sunday 28 at Middleton Park will be a dog show, and highlights in the subsequent week include a specialist garden walk at Roundhay Park, a Make your own Moth event at Pudsey Park, and the chance to explore the heritage of Meanwood Park and The Hollies. A volunteer taster day and bat walk at Temple Newsam is also available, along with a Bushcraft course at Otley Chevin.

While many events are free or at a nominal charge, selected events do need to be booked, and people are asked to reserve their place if interested, as soon as possible.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“We are very fortunate to have fantastic parks right across our city, and through the Love Parks Week with a range of other groups, this is an opportunity to showcase just how great they are.

“There are a number of walks, activities and events available as part of the celebrations, which really do offer something to people of all ages.

“Many of the activities are free with a nominal cost for others, but with selected events needing to be booked, we would advise people to reserve their place as soon as possible.”

Notes to editors:

Love Parks Week 2013 will be held nationally and in Leeds from July 27-Aug 4.

Love Parks Week began in 2006 with a simple aim: to encourage people to visit, enjoy and take pride in their local parks and green spaces, driving the message that our parks and green spaces are essential to healthy, happy and strong communities.

For more information on Love Parks Week in Leeds, please see:

For media enquiries, please contact;

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