Young explorers have been getting a unique insight into some of Leeds’s natural gems.
Schoolchildren in west Leeds have been enjoying a series of summer holiday nature trails at two of the area’s much-loved but often under-used beauty spots, Bramley Falls and Gotts Park.
The wonder-walks, led by the council’s team of four park rangers, were organised thanks to £1,500 funding from the Inner West Area Committee’s Youth Activities fund.
The children have learnt about the plants and wildlife of their local area, gone ‘minibeast’ hunting and taken part in tree-themed activities like bark rubbing. The final sessions of the summer will be held this Tuesday, and youngsters aged eight to 13 and their families are invited to pop along and enjoy some ‘Wild Arts’. Participants will use natural materials found in the park to make their own unique pieces of art.
Coun Caroline Gruen, chairman of the Inner West Area Committee, said: “The local councillors consulted with over 50 children about what summer holiday activities we should fund, and the idea of a nature trail proved extremely popular. We hope the young people participating will be inspired to find out more about our wonderful parks.”
Robert Driver, Wyke Beck Valley Ranger, who is known to the youngsters as Ranger Rob, said: “We had a really fantastic day at the Bramley Falls nature trail event. There were a range of activities on offer, which gave youngsters the chance to not only have fun, but also learn more about the animals, insects and trees that can be found in our parks.”