Celebrating Student Volunteering Week

Nineteen students from eight countries and five University staff volunteered to assist Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, at Water Haigh Woodland Park this week.

The students from Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, United Kingdom, Unites States of America, and Zimbabwe, helped to plant fruit trees, and coppice existing willow trees on the site.

The University of Leeds has been a corporate member of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust since 2012, and usually undertakes four volunteer events each year. This year, volunteer groups have worked at Townclose Hills near Kippax, and at Esholt near Rawdon.

The site at Water Haigh is a former colliery site, and was remediated by Leeds City Council in the 1990s, but is now managed by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust on their behalf.

Mike Leonard from the University said: "These volunteer days provide both students and staff with excellent opportunities to work around the Leeds area, to do something really positive for the local environment, but also for their own personal well-being."

If you would like to volunteer with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, click here.