Lees wildlife haven is 25 years old

Staff and volunteers at the party at Skelton Grange Environment Centre.
Staff and volunteers at the party at Skelton Grange Environment Centre.
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A wildlife haven and environment centre in South Leeds is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Skelton Grange Environment Centre, which is managed by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), marked 25 years of environmental education and practical conservation with a recent party for past and present volunteers and stakeholders.

The party launched a series of celebrations taking place throughout the year.

Caroline Crossley, operations leader at Skelton Grange Environment Centre, said: “It was incredible to see hundreds of past volunteers and friends at the party and to hear from many who couldn’t make it but sent us lovely messages.

“It was a wonderful reminder too of everyone who has given us their time, energy and support over the years. It was a splendid event, and really did celebrate the inspiration and generosity of the hundreds of people who have made it such a special place, touching the lives of over a quarter of a million others who have benefited from the project.”

The event included art and drumming workshops, theatrical performances, children’s play areas, live music and dancing across the 10-acre site.

Since 1992, staff and volunteers at the centre have used the natural environment to offer a range of education, job skills and recreation opportunities for people of all ages.

Skelton Grange receives more than 6,500 visitors a year, including young people joining environmental education and play activities, and adult trainees and volunteers leading education sessions and conservation and biodiversity projects. The project aims to widen the experience and aspirations of volunteers, reduce social exclusion and build confidence.