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Wyke Beck Valley Pride

The Wyke Beck Valley Pride project is now at an end after three years of funding from Natural England through its Access to Nature programme, with additional money from Leeds City Council and Sustrans adding up to more than £500,000.  Partners included Leeds City Council, the Wyke Beck Valley Community Forum, Groundwork Leeds, The Conservation Volunteers (TCV),  Ahead Partnership and Voluntary Action Leeds.

The project was set up to improve wildlife habitats and encourage people to use the natural greenspace that runs through the neighbourhoods of Seacroft, Gipton, Halton Moor, Osmondthorpe, Burmantofts and Richmond Hill in East Leeds. The Council and its partners ran a range of activities throughout the Wyke Beck Valley with people of all ages including guided walks, activity days developing knowledge of the Valley's wildlife, school visits and volunteering days.

The project successfully met  almost all of its targets, working with more than 6500 extra people and 2,800 children from all the 15 Valley based schools, putting in 9 entrance features and 10 information boards, sowing a sack full of wildflower seeds and planting 5000 trees and 25,000 bulbs.  Partners hosted around 400 employees on corporate working days.

3 Local Nature Reserves have been designated, with possibly more to come, as part of implementing the Valley's new management plan.  This plan (and a separate summary), together with an Education Pack and Valley Walks booklet, can be downloaded from the website (see external links), where you can also see a more detailed summary of project achievements and just some of the images collected over the life of the project.

Most importantly around 50 people have signed up to the Valley Friends Group and the renowned 'Friday Group' have become the Valley Volunteers, keen to undertake all sorts of practical tasks that will still need doing.

if you would like more information, please contact Leeds City Council's Park Ranger Service on 0113 3957000 or email them on parks@leeds.gov.uk.  You can contact the Valley Volunteers at wykebeckvalley volunteers@hotmail.org.uk and the Valley Friends at wykebeckvalleyfriends@gmail.com or ring them on 0753 5386851

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