LEEDS parks and green spaces forum

Green Spaces refers to outdoor recreational areas for people and wildlife, such as Parks, flower beds, hanging baskets and planters, nature reserves, woodlands, urban greenways and underdeveloped landscapes, public rights of way and footpaths, cemeteries and crematoria, allotments and city farms, recreation grounds and playing fields.

 

The Leeds Parks and Green Spaces Forum is a voluntary organisation made up of individuals, groups and organisations interested in enhancing the green spaces of Leeds.

 

Our Aims

 

  • We aim to work in partnership with Leeds City Council to protect, preserve and enhance the parks and green spaces of Leeds for the benefit of people and wildlife

 

We also aim to

 

  • Facilitate regular communication and partnership working between Leeds City Council and Forum members
  • Act as a consultation body for decisions being made that affect green spaces (existing or potential) in Leeds
  • Influence policy for the benefit of parks and green spaces
  • Advocate the value of parks and green spaces to decision makers and the general public
  • Engage more local people in caring for parks and green spaces; to support voluntary groups that care for green spaces in Leeds
  • Raise funds for the benefit of parks and green spaces

 

Who we are

 

  • Members include 'Friends of' groups, Residents’ associations, In Bloom groups, Environmental charities and LCC Parks and Countryside

 

Benefits of Membership

 

  • Opportunities to meet other people with an interest in green space
  • Guided visits to parks and .green spaces across Leeds.
  • News of opportunities for community groups such as for funding, training and insurance.
  • Quarterly meetings with talks and presentations
  • Updates from senior Leeds City Council parks and countryside officers
  • Regular newsletter
  • The chance to say what you think about (and potentially influence) policies and future development

 

New Members are welcome

 

If you're interested in improving the parks and green spaces of Leeds, please join the forum and/or contact us at LPGSF@leeds.gov.uk - or ring 0113 3957400 (Mon-Fri)

 

Download our Constitution (right)

 

Links 

 

Leeds Parks and Countryside Service Contact parks@leeds.gov.uk

 

Leeds Parks Fund - charity dedicated to enhancing parks and green spaces in Leeds

 

Love Parks (National support for Friends Of groups)

 

National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces

 

RHS Communities

 

TCV Community Network

 

Voluntary Action Leeds

What are the benefits of green spaces?

 

They're popular 

 

97% of Leeds residents visit local parks every year, making a total of 68.9 million visits to Leeds parks - and that's not counting other types of green space such as nature reserves. 50% of British people visit a park at least once a week, and 91% say public parks and open spaces improve their quality of life

 

They look good 

 

Flowers, trees, woods, lakes, meadows and streams all beautify the area around them

 

They're healthy 

 

Physical: Evidence shows that people with good access to green space are more active and less likely to have conditions such as obesity which are related to lack of exercise

 

Mental: The more often a person visits urban green spaces, the less often he or she will report stress related illnesses.  Spending time in green spaces can reduce clinical symptoms of anxiety & depression too

 

They benefit the local economy

 

Houses near parks tend to sell for more, and green spaces attract visitors to the area, benefiting local businesses. Reduced health costs also help the local economy

 

They support communities

 

Green spaces are free and open to all. They're shared spaces where people of different backgrounds can meet and get to know one another

 

They help control climate change

 

Plants draw CO2 out of the atmosphere, and green spaces also help by reducing flooding and extreme temperatures

 

They provide sustainable and safe transport options

 

Public rights of way through green spaces allow people to get around the city in a safe and environmentally friendly way, by walking, cycling, skating, horse riding or even canoing!

 

They provide homes for wildlife

 

Birds, butterflies and bees have vital roles to play, especially within cities

 

They're child friendly

 

Parks and green spaces are a free resource where  children and families can play, learn and exercise

 

They connect us to the past

 

Recent research shows that children learn better in the natural environment than in a classroom, and there's so much to learn out in our parks and green spaces

 

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