South Leeds: Eco-centre is a big hit

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A south Leeds eco-centre is celebrating an important milestone after 200,000 visitors passed through its gates.

Skelton Grange Environment Centre, which is supported by legendary wildlife broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, was created to improve health, wellbeing and appreciation of nature among the city’s more disadvantaged communities.

Staff and conservation volunteers at the site are now holding an open day to celebrate the sustainable project’s success in attracting both new species and the public to enjoy the reserve.

The event takes place on Saturday October 3 and all are invited to go along and see what Skelton Grange is all about.

“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing team of volunteers for all the hard work they have put into the project, said Ralph Walker, centre administrator.

We’d also like to invite many more people to come along on and get involved.

“If you can’t make it on the Saturday, you can still help by attending a training course, joining in as a volunteer, booking a child onto one of our very popular school holiday events or making a donation.

“By doing any of these things you can help ensure that this wonderful centre and wildlife haven continues to thrive for the people of Leeds.”

A grant from the Big Lottery enabled volunteers to develop a neglected patch of wasteland into a variety of habitats and a food growing area, and offer volunteer training for unemployed people to develop skills and confidence.

Children’s events this summer include wild walks, wilderness camping and bushcraft. Visit