Wilderness

Wilderness on your Doorstep

Meanwood Valley Partnership and Leeds City Council and have been successful in obtaining a grant of £65,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a joint project that will help people to discover and protect the rich heritage and natural diversity along the Meanwood Valley. Led by the Leeds City Council Ranger Service it will run from February 2018 for 30 months and cover all of the Meanwood Valley.

The Meanwood Valley has long been celebrated as a ‘green artery’ from the centre of urban Leeds to the rural countryside. It has an extensive range of habitats and a wealth of biodiversity. The project will promote an understanding of the wildlife and its management by providing opportunities for local communities to get involved through an exciting programme of volunteer activity, wildlife surveys, Bioblitzes and other public events.  It will use new and innovative methods of interpretation, mobile apps, web content and education.

By encouraging as wide a range of people as possible to celebrate this wilderness on their doorstep the project aims to ensure its conservation into the future; because, in the words of David Attenborough, “No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced”.

Most of the funding will be spent on employing a Ranger part time for two years to deliver the activities, recruit volunteers and coordinate a range of volunteer activities. ‘Friends of’ groups along the Valley will be involved too and meet regularly to review the project.

Senior Ranger Daniel Malster and MVP’s Janet Matthews put the successful bid together. Janet said: “We would love to thank National Lottery players for giving us this opportunity to celebrate the wonderful Meanwood Valley and the wealth of wildlife that is found here’.

If people would like more information or are interested in getting involved they can contact:

MeanwoodValley.Ranger@leeds.gov.uk, www.Facebook/MeanwoodValley’, email meanwoodvp@hotmail.com, or get involved in one of the ‘Friends of’ groups along the Valley’.