Video: Volunteers help clean up flood-hit west Leeds nature reserve

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MORE than 40 volunteers helped out during a clean-up effort at the flood damaged Rodley Nature Reserve in west Leeds.

The wetland wildlife reserve off Moss Bridge Road was badly damaged when the River Aire burst its banks on Boxing Day.

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A wooden bridge was knocked over and fencing flattened as the site was submerged under around 3ft of water.

Decking which surrounded an educational dipping pond was also wrecked.

Dave Nesham, trustee director of Rodley Nature Reserve Trust, said more than 40 volunteers answered a plea to help clean up the site today.

Mr Nesham said: “It has been a terrific response with people of all ages and families helping out. The Armley Junk-tion cafe provided a free lunch, which was much appreciated.

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“A lot of the hedge along the public footpaths had been washed out and was strewn across the pathways. Out first priority was to clear all that.”

Mr Nesham said the flood also destroyed a wooden building which housed a water pump for filling eight dragonfly ponds, which were also badly damaged.

More clean-up sessions are planned at the nature reserve from 10am to 2pm on Sunday and from 8am to 3pm on Monday.

Mr Nesham said he is confident the reserve will be open to the public on Wednesday January 6.

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* Leeds City Council say Thwaite Mills and Armley Industrial Museum have both been flooded and are currently closed until after the new year. Go to www.leeds.gov.uk for more information.

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