A new charitable fund dedicated to enhancing public parks and green spaces in Leeds was launched on Thursday 13 July.
Leeds Parks Fund, managed by local charity Leeds Community Foundation (LCF), will provide individuals and businesses with the opportunity to give something back to a park, woodland, nature reserve or other local green space that means a lot to them.
Parks are free and provide a space for everyone in the city to relax, spend time with friends and family, play, exercise and get some fresh air. Lynda Kitching, chair of Leeds Parks and Green Spaces Forum, said: "I represent an organisation made up of volunteer and community groups that support the parks and countryside of Leeds. We are delighted to be at the launch of Leeds Parks Fund today and to be involved with a scheme that allows people who care about local parks to invest in our green spaces, so they can continue to improve, now and in the future."
Money raised through the Fund will go towards improving parks and other public green spaces in the Metropolitan district of Leeds, providing grants to community projects and other initiatives to restore or improve statues or bandstands, plant flower beds, provide homes for wildlife, improve pathways, playground areas, sports facilities and much more.
Kate Hainsworth, deputy CEO of Leeds Community Foundation, said: "We are thrilled to be managing Leeds Parks Fund. Parks play a vital role within our communities, providing people with a space to get away from the daily challenges and hustle and bustle of city life. We are looking forward to seeing the impact of this scheme and the positive effect it will have on the city's green spaces."
Deputy leader and executive member for environment and sustainability, councillor Lucinda Yeadon, added: "We are very fortunate to have fantastic parks in Leeds, with many community groups, organisations and businesses already providing a great deal of support to help ensure that our green spaces continue to look great. Our parks are part of what make Leeds such a great place to live and visit, so I welcome the launch of Leeds Park Fund. It will be a great way for people to invest in the parks they love and help make them sustainable for the future."
The Leeds Parks Fund will collect donations throughout the year. Donations can be made online or by cheque, or people might be interested in leaving a gift to the fund in their Will.
To find out more and donate, please visit: www.leedsparksfund.org