As a national pastime every summer, National Picnic Week aims to provide picnic tips, picnic hotspots, and everything surrounding picnics to help the nation roll out their picnic rugs and embrace British summertime wherever you are.
Love Leeds Parks is a charity which supports community-led enhancements to public green spaces in Leeds. The Forum is represented on the Board of Trustees by Forum Chair, Lynda Kitching. The charity has been set up to enable local people, visitors and businesses to support our green spaces so that they can be enjoyed by this and future generations. The ‘Give a Little Back’ fundraising campaign will provide grants for community groups and targeted projects across Leeds. www.loveleedsparks.org.uk
The enormous value of parks and open spaces, which have provided life-affirming beauty, greenery, opportunity for exercise and space for quiet reflection throughout the lock-down, along with Forum members who work so hard to help keep them in great shape, has been recognised in the award of a ‘Local Legends’ virtual blue plaque by Leeds Civic Trust.
Chair of Leeds Parks & Green Spaces Forum, Lynda Kitching, says:
It is so heartening that the work of volunteers across the city is being appreciated. Many groups are emerging as restrictions are lifted, having figured out new ways of working safely, just glad to be together again. I must pay tribute to Leeds City Council’s Parks dept staff who are working at 65% capacity right now, but still managing to cut grass and do other essential work in our parks and green spaces.
We hope that people will continue to appreciate those green spaces of Leeds – perhaps join a Friends group in their area, or form a new group to help keep a piece of green space tidy and loved.
The Forum was nominated for a plaque by Garance Rawinski, who lives close to Leeds city centre:
I have been out and about on my bike checking out our parks – really good for those endorphins: Roundhay Park, Temple Newsam, Potternewton and Meanwood parks, Woodhouse Moor and Holbeck Moor. It’s been great since, although I knew of them, I’d never spent time in any of them on my own, able to snoop around and see more. What struck me most was what great condition almost all were in (mowed grass, bins emptied, beds tended). A joy actually, – it could have been a disaster with all the other things going on at the moment. So a virtual plaque was a suggestion from the heart. The wonderful parks and green spaces have kept me going over the past few weeks, and from what I see, many others have also been thankful for the care and attention given to them.
Deadline for applications: 12 noon, Tuesday 8 October 2019
Leeds Community Foundation is pleased to announce the first round of funding from Leeds Parks Fund. Developed in partnership with Leeds City Council and Leeds Parks and Green Spaces Forum, the Fund has been possible thanks to the generous support of individual and business donors.
Good quality parks and other public green spaces are essential for making cities great places to visit, work and live in. The many benefits of parks include improving health and wellbeing, providing places for children to play and homes for wildlife, bringing communities together and beautifying the city. They also make a positive contribution to the environment by helping to keep the air clean and mitigating the growing impact of climate change.
This first round is focused on the environment. As a result, we are particularly keen to receive applications that demonstrate at least one of the following:
• Benefit to local environment
• Improved access to natural environment
• Increased use of natural environment
• Education about the environment
For more details about the Fund and how to apply please visit our Grants Page here.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Leeds Parks Fund then please join our briefing session. This will include a presentation explaining the grant programme, the application process and Q&A session. To reserve a place, please book here.
If you wish to attend this event and have any personal requirements in order to fully enjoy your event, then please let us know at the earliest date possible. We have an inclusive approach and wish to ensure that everyone who wants to attend our events is able to do so and obtain full benefit from being our guest.
The UBoC / LEAF team at the University of Leeds have published the first and largest of three reports which aim to provide financial values for Leeds trees in by measuring the work they do as carbon stores, pollution removers, flood protectors and more.
The primary tool used was i-Tree Eco, with other similar tools employed to measure additional functions.
The first report values the trees on the university campus. Future reports, which use slightly different surveying methods because the team are as interested in the effectiveness of these tools as they are in the values the trees, will measure the highly wooded Middleton ward in south Leeds, and then the whole city, ward by ward.
UBoC hope to develop tools which could potentially be used by Friends groups to easily and quickly measure ‘ecosystem services’ in a park or green space (i-Tree is very time-consuming and requires expert data processing), but these lie some time in the future.