SOIL from beneath the hallowed turf at Headingley Carnegie Stadium is being recycled at another Leeds landmark.
Much of what made up the Leeds rugby pitch, which is in the middle of a £1million reconstruction project, is being relocated to create the 1.2acre green space at the old Tetley Brewery site, in Hunslet, which will open next spring.
Although the majority of the soil is to be moved, the club is set to honour fans who had their ashes scattered at the ground, with a sample of earth from the old pitch being used in the new one before a consecration service in December.
Since its closure in 2011, the Tetley Brewery headquarters building is temporarily being turned into an art gallery, which leads on to a 900-space car park and green space.
Leeds Rugby chief executive Gary Hetherington said: “We were conscious that the earth that was removed from the stadium was used appropriately and we are delighted that it will form part of a park for the residents of Leeds with so many memories attached.”
He said he hopes families will continue to visit the stadium at Christmas and lay flowers to remember their loved ones every year.
A special service led by club chaplain Rev Steve Mitchell will be open to the public to remember loved ones and consecrate the new playing surface at the Headingley stadium on Saturday December 15, from 1pm.
The stadium’s rugby posts, that have been in place since the 1980s, have been donated to Leeds & District Amateur Rugby League and will be erected at an amateur club for a new generation of players.
A Carlsberg UK spokeswoman said: “We are really proud that the green space that’s being created at the Tetley’s site is literally rooted in Leeds.”