Leeds duo help protect the great outdoors

Ash Hill Nature Conservation's directors 'Michael Bird and Joe Harris in their wood in Shadwell.

Ash Hill Nature Conservation's directors 'Michael Bird and Joe Harris in their wood in Shadwell.

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Youngsters in Leeds will today be exploring the great outdoors thanks to a pair of conservationists in north Leeds.

Ash Hill Nature Conservation’s four-acre woodland in Shadwell will host den-building, woodland games and bug hunting through one of the not-for-profit enterprise’s adventurous events.

The community interest company was set up by education specialist Joe Harris and Michael Bird to combine educating people about nature and the outdoors with practical environmental conservation work.

It offers workshops on its private woodland as well as wildlife gardening services and recently also hosted an skills course for adults with mental health problems.

Joe said: “Being a community interest company is at the heart of what we want to achieve and how we operate, with all of our profits being channelled back into our social purpose. With the help of local communities we aim to improve green spaces while connecting people with the outdoors, nature and the environment. Ultimately, nature conservation is our passion and we strive to spread awareness, share skills and create opportunities for employment in the sector wherever possible.”

Visit www.ashhillnc.co.uk

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