Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Heat your home for less

Caption: Councillor Mark Dobson (third from left) joined the council's partners, Stephen Batty (Keepmoat), Charles Farley (SSE) and Mark Pheasey (Willmott Dixon) to launch Wrap Up Leeds ECO. They heard from LATCH volunteers Vernon Williams, Jim Gallacher and Liam Hargreaves about the work they've been doing to make a through-terrace home warmer and cheaper to heat - types of measures available with Wrap Up Leeds ECO.

Caption: Councillor Mark Dobson with Mark Pheasey (Willmott Dixon), Stephen Batty (Keepmoat) and Charles Farley (SSE) see how well the home has been insulated.

The council’s scheme to make homes cheaper to heat is now available to any Leeds homeowner.

Until now, Wrap Up Leeds ECO was only available to people in receipt of certain benefits. Now, anyone who owns their own property can benefit from energy saving home improvements.

Many of the improvements – like solid wall and roof insulation – will be significantly discounted and some residents may even qualify for a free boiler replacement.

As well as cutting fuel bills, the scheme will also help make Leeds’ homes greener – better insulated homes also mean reduced emissions by using less energy to heat them.

This new phase of Wrap Up Leeds ECO covers a wider range energy saving measures including heating controls, glazing and different types of insulation.

Even if residents have previously been turned down for cavity wall insulation due to how their home was built, Wrap UP Leeds ECO could still help thanks to the new products on offer, often at no cost to the homeowner.

Funding from energy companies means that the many energy saving products can be offered at reduced prices.

The first step is a home energy survey which will be offered at a special promotional price. Homeowners can pay for any shortfall from a source of their choice.

People can find out if they could benefit by calling 0113 395 0757, emailing or visiting

All works will be subject to a survey and will be carried out by the council’s partners SSE, Willmott Dixon Energy Services and Keepmoat.

Garforth and Barwick in Elmet shine at Britain in Bloom

It was a day of great pride for the communities of Garforth and Barwick in Elmet this month, as they flew the flag for Leeds at the 2013 Britain in Bloom awards.

In a fantastic performance, Barwick in Elmet secured a gold award but were pipped to the post in the ‘Large Village’ group, ’while Garforth, making their first appearance ever at Britain in Bloom, earned a Silver Gilt in the ‘Town’ category.

Held this year in Cleethorpes, the Britain in Bloom awards recognises across a range categories those communities, villages, towns and cities across the UK that have transformed green spaces in their area.

As part of the awards which are overseen and judged by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), residents’ who have gone the extra mile as part of their commitment to the Britain in Bloom cause were also recognised, and John Tinker, a former Leeds City Council Director of Parks, was honoured in the Community Champion category for his work with the Barwick in Bloom group.

Leeds has a thriving in bloom network with over 50 groups in communities across the city that contribute to over 1300 floral displays. Earlier this year, as part of Yorkshire in Bloom, Leeds was named as the winner of the ‘Large City’ category, and was also awarded The Yorkshire Rose Chairman’s award which recognises a community that has made outstanding efforts to promote all aspects of the different ‘in bloom’ campaigns.

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

"It was fantastic to see Leeds once again feature in the Britain in Bloom awards, and very well done to the groups from Garforth and Barwick in Elmet who performed so brilliantly.

"We would also like to pass on our congratulations to the council’s former director of Parks John Tinker for picking up a Community Champion award for his work with the Barwick in Elmet in bloom group, which is richly deserved.

"We are extremely fortunate as a city to have so many people with a real passion and dedication for their in bloom groups that play such a massive part in making our communities look so great. I would like to thank every single person, group and organisation, along with the council’s parks and countryside team for their commitment and hard work."

Notes to editors:

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