Tens of thousands of people in Leeds have been digging in to a nature project thanks to a Lottery grant.
Access to Nature is a partnership between Skelton Grange and Hollybush in Leeds.
The teams aims to get 20,000 people accessing and enjoying nature, particularly in less advantaged areas of the city, through volunteering, environmental and conservation skills training, education and natural play, walks and wildlife gardening.
It is one of thousands of local projects that has had Lottery funding over the years.
Project manager Helen Pearson at Skelton Grange said: “Without Lottery funding, our project would not exist.
“The great thing about the Lottery is that they understand how we work and the challenges we face.
“For the past three years in particular, they have given us key funding so that tens of thousands of people have been able to access nature through our service.
“There is a lot of evidence around the fact that it is good for families, children and people of all ages to get outside.
“It’s good for mental health and it’s stimulating and relaxing.
“These days, we are living in a more virtual world so it is about reconnecting people with green spaces on their doorstep.
“We’re only two miles from the city centre so it’s easily accessible.”
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