About the park:
The West Leeds Country Park and Green Gateways trail is a 32km circular trail running from the city centre, through the green corridor of the Aire Valley and into the countryside around Calverley. From there the trail follows the green corridor between Leeds and Bradford, moving through the countryside south of Pudsey before finally entering the urban areas of Armley and Wortley.
Grants from Green Leeds and the Big Lottery Fund have enabled us to make interpretation boards, seating, signage and a nature trail leaflet. Other improvements so far have included commissioning a sculpture, improving bridleways and restoring some wild flower meadows.
Path and step improvements in Armley and Gotts Park using a woodland access grant scheme besides a woodland thinning and picnic area refurbishment at Dunkirk Hill which overlooks the Aire Valley and the Leeds Industrial Museum.
Preserving the countryside around West Leeds for wildlife is also an important element of the initiative and will be instigated through the Parks & Countryside Service in conjunction with local community groups and organisations. Projects will aim to maintain and improve the habitats and wildlife that are part of the Coal Measures Natural Area of West Leeds and also support key aspects of the Biodiversity Action Plan for Leeds.
The West Leeds Country Park Visitor Centre in Pudsey Park keeps captive indigenous species ranging from birds, mammals and fish and explains the different habitats in the park and how they benefit wildlife.
For further details contact: Douglas Louis, Country Park and Green Gateways Officer on tel: 0113 3957400