Fundraising bid for Leeds quarry site

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a crowdfunding scheme could help to breathe new life into an “eyesore” former quarry in north Leeds.

A group of volunteers have launched a campaign to restore the derelict Church Hill site, in Thorner.

It has remained abandoned since the 1930s, after the homes, built against the rock face of an old quarry were demolished.

Last year a consultation exercise in the village showed that there was support for clearance work.

A new fundraising campaign hopes to restore the site after the Church Hill Working Group announced plans to commission surveys on the geological and ecological aspects of the site.

Speaking about the plans, chairman of the group Scott Marshall said: “Crowd funding has been successfully used to fund a range of community projects across the country.

“It allows people from a wide area the chance to back initiatives they identify with.

“We feel that many people will want to support the enhancement and preservation of the important geological and historical features of this neglected site.”

The group has launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover the costs of the work. It is also offering rewards to those who support its project.

Mr Marshall added: “A local artist is donating an original watercolour of a scene close to the quarry site, and we’ll have prints of this made to offer as rewards.

“In addition, donors will be able to compete in a draw for a signed and limited edition of a Peter Brook print of the winner’s choice from a selection of moorland scenes through the seasons.”

The working group is sending a questionnaire to village households and will hold an exhibition on March 15 and 16 at the Over 60s bungalow, between 10am and 4pm.

Details of the group’s Crowd Funding campaign can be found at