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Funding for communities and nature in Leeds and Bradford

Tuesday 29th August 2017

Child playing, credit Julie NormanChild playing, credit Julie Norman

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust launches a brand new project that aims to reach out to communities with limited access to nature.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has received £19,990 from players of People’s Postcode Lottery and £5,000 from Bradford Council for a brand new Leeds and Bradford Urban Engagement project. This year-long project aims to consult with individuals and groups to establish how to improve access to natural green spaces and educate communities about the benefits of the natural world.

A series of events and consultations will take place in the Kirkstall, Armley and Bramley areas of North Leeds and the Oakenshaw, Low Moor and Wibsey areas in South Bradford. Through a number of community events, the project will run nature and wildlife craft experiences to improve people’s connection with nature and strengthen and re-inforce the message that nature matters to both wildlife and people.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Inspiring People Officer Sarah Goldsmith said: “We believe that people need a healthy environment as much as wildlife does, as it is the foundation for so much that is of value to us – food, water, flood prevention, health, happiness and creative inspiration. Historically we have seen lower levels of environmental engagement in these areas of Leeds and Bradford; cities are often seen as places that are devoid of nature, but urban areas have pockets of green spaces that are home to an amazing diversity of wildlife.

“This project should help improve people’s connection with nature and by taking ownership of their local green spaces, it is hoped that communities will understand and look after them, and support conservation work in their areas.”

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is working in partnership with Leeds City Council, Bradford Council, TVC and Groundwork on this project.

Members of the public are encouraged to look out for free community events exploring local wild areas and natural play and creative activities at www.ywt.org.uk/events.