Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Winners revealed in Tropical World mascot competition

Caption: Pupils of St Partick's Catholic primary school, meet Tropical World's new meerkat mascot, Mango.

The winners of a competition to name the meerkat mascot of a popular visitor attraction in the city have been revealed.

Launched in June and open to all primary schools, classes were asked to suggest a suitable name for the meerkat, who will represent with great pride Tropical World.

Located at Roundhay Park, Tropical World, which is currently undergoing a £720,000 revamp, is the home to a wide-variety of animals, including meerkats, butterflies, birds, fish, reptiles, nocturnal monkeys, bats and crocodiles.

After 56 classes from 22 schools across the city had submitted their suggestions, class Y2 of St Patrick’s Catholic primary and class 2Pi of Chapel Allerton primary were named as the winners, following their proposal of the name ‘Mango’.

At St Patrick’s, each class proposed a name, and three pupils in year six took on the task of collating the entries, and then e-mailing the list to the Tropical World team.

Following the announcement of the winning name, Mango paid a special visit to St Patrick’s to meet the pupils at their final assembly before the summer break.

Councillor Jack Dunn, lead member for the environment said:

“Tropical World really is a brilliant visitor attraction for all the family, and it was great to see so many primary schools take part in this city-wide competition to name our meerkat mascot.

“After a lot of deliberation ‘Mango’ was chosen as the winner, and well done to both St Patrick’s Catholic primary and Chapel Allerton primary on submitting the successful entry.

“Mango certainly caused a stir when he visited the pupils of St Patrick’s, and judging by the enthusiastic reception, promises to be a very popular mascot for Tropical World.”

Mrs Kneeshaw, Head Teacher of St Patrick’s Catholic primary school said:

“It was a wonderful surprise for all the school to have Tropical World's fabulous new mascot visit school on our last day of term!

“Many of the children said they hoped to visit Mango during the holidays when they visited Roundhay Park. Thank you again to the Tropical World team for bringing him to our school."

Notes to editors:

Tropical World at Roundhay Park is one of Leeds’ most popular family attractions, with over 300,000 visits being made every year.

Opening times
Summer: 10am until 6pm (last admission at 5.30pm)
Winter: 10am until 4pm (last admission at 3.30pm)

• Adults: £3.40
• LeedsCard £2.70
• ‘Extra’ cardholders £1.70
• Breezecard £1.70
• 5-15 year olds £2.30
• Under 5s Free

Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact: Telephone - (0113) 2370495 (10am - 4pm)

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Recycling centre vacancies attract candidates from across Leeds

Caption: Potential candidates find out about job opportunities at the new recycling and energy recovery facility.

More than 100 people joined Leeds City Council and Veolia Environmental Services this week to find out about jobs and business opportunities at the city’s soon-to-be-built recycling facility.

With construction due to start on the recycling and energy recovery facility (RERF) at the Cross Green Industrial Estate site in September, both organisations are keen that local people and businesses get involved.

Organisers were particularly impressed with the quality of local job seekers from across the city who visited the Richmond Hill Community Centre employment event to express their interest in construction, administration, cleaning and security vacancies.

Paul Fowler, General Manager for Veolia Leeds, said:

“It’s important that the new facility helps create opportunities to get local people into jobs and training.

“We were really encouraged to meet such a wide range of enthusiastic and motivated people who want to help us deliver this project and we’ll be working with Clugstons and Leeds City Council to ensure that we utilise the skills and talent that the local workforce has to offer.”

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills, said:

“This is a really positive start to the recruitment process. We want to maximise every opportunity for local people and businesses to get involved and benefit from what will be a major construction project. It will be very rewarding to see some of the successful candidates and businesses who joined us on Monday working with us on site soon.”

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

“By employing local people and getting local businesses on board we can ensure the recycling facility is playing its part in the local community as well as making Leeds cleaner and greener.”
Anyone who was unable to attend the employment event is encouraged to resister their details with Construction Yorkshire on (0113) 881 4810 or email



• Once operational, up to 214,000 tonnes of Leeds’ black bin waste will go through the facility a year.

• Recyclable materials will be removed with the remainder being incinerated.

• The process will generate enough electricity to power up to 20,000 homes.

• The facility will save £200 million compared to the cost of landfilling waste over the lifetime of the contract.

For media enquiries please contact:
Kevin Parker, regional communications manager, Veolia on 07909 883 226
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office on 0113 395 1577