West Leeds suburb gets a green waterside makeover

The new Wyther Lane Greenspace.
The new Wyther Lane Greenspace.
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THE Leeds suburb of Bramley would not normally be associated with a waterfront.

But, this week, Councillor Andrew Carter, local volunteers and representatives from a partnership project gathered to officially open a new park space next to the Leeds - Liverpool canal.

The project has been completed by over 150 volunteer days worked on the site.

It was made possible with support from Leeds City Council and following a grant award of over £3,000 from Green Leeds Ltd to Leeds Metropolitan student union group Calm (Community Action @Leeds Met).

This month Leeds Metropolitan staff, students and local residents worked with British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) and Aire Action Leeds to improve the green waterfront space for all.

The work focuses on an area near the Leeds Liverpool Canal and Wyther Lane and sees a small park area rejuvenated and revitalised for everyone to enjoy.

Volunteers have resurfaced footpaths used by cyclists, runners and walkers, planted spring bulbs, created a natural habitat area and planted fruit trees, reinstated car park bollards to help reduce fly tipping and refurbished the existing seating areas.

Local residents and visitors to the area are encouraged to come and use the park space which is right next to the Leeds- Liverpool canal opposite Kirkstall Brewery. The space links local people to the recently improved walking and cycling route to the city centre; the Aire Valley Towpath.

Craig Spencer, BTCV said: “The project has gone really well and we have had a brilliant number of local volunteers and students involved.

“There has also been lots of positive feedback from passersby, and last week we even had a lady call by with cakes and doughnuts; her father was so pleased with the work being done on the site he had told her to go to and buy us treats to say thank you!”

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