Skelton Grange Environment Centre blog

A truly rewarding experience at Skelton Grange Environment Centre comes to a close

A truly rewarding experience at Skelton Grange Environment Centre comes to a close

Skelton Grange Environment Centre is recruiting another batch of Volunteer Officers, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery and National Grid.

Run by the charity The Conservation Volunteers, access2nature is a five year project working to improve the life prospects and wellbeing of people in Leeds, by providing a range of social, learning and volunteering opportunities in the natural environment. We asked one of our Volunteer Officers to explain a little further as to what it has been like volunteering at Skelton Grange…

“I arrived at Skelton Grange as a newly recruited Volunteer Officer at the beginning … Continue reading

My first months as a Volunteer Officer at TCV Skelton Grange Environment Centre…

My first months as a Volunteer Officer at TCV Skelton Grange Environment Centre...

Skelton Grange Environment Centre is recruiting another batch of Volunteer Officers, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery and National Grid. Run by the charity The Conservation Volunteers, access2nature is a five year project working to improve the life prospects and wellbeing of people in Leeds, by providing a range of social, learning and volunteering opportunities in the natural environment. We asked one of our current Volunteer Officers to explain a little further as to what it’s like volunteering at Skelton Grange…

“I am a Volunteer Officer at Skelton Grange Environment Centre and I have been asked to … Continue reading

THE SKELTON GRANGE GREEN MACHINE

THE SKELTON GRANGE GREEN MACHINE

We at TCV Skelton Grange hope to enthuse the next generation with a love of their local natural environment, engaging kids in nature play whilst working with local volunteers to offer a range of education, job skills and recreation opportunities.

“No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced”  – David Attenborough (The Conservation Volunteers Vice President).

Skelton Grange welcomes over 6500 people a year to the centre, and our adult trainees lead education sessions for kids and conservation and biodiversity projects for adults. This enables these remarkable … Continue reading

Volunteering with Green Team at Skelton Grange

Volunteering with Green Team at Skelton Grange

Written by Freya Lovett – Volunteer Officer at Skelton Grange Environment Centre…

Having had enough of the wet and the cold we’re looking forward to the change of seasons here at Skelton Grange with a range of activities coming up to get the site (and its inhabitants) ready for spring.

We have already had lots of volunteers in the past few weeks doing their bit for the environment by planting 350 trees and shrubs to make a new Hawthorne hedge and a Hazel coppice, both of which will provide an important habitat for birds, mammals and insects. We’ve also carried … Continue reading

The Flood, Our Neighbours and the Inevitable Clear-up

The Flood, Our Neighbours and the Inevitable Clear-up

So it’s been a long time since this blog has been updated, but now the volunteers (like me!) have our own log-in so hopefully (fingers crossed) we will put some up with a bit more regularity from now on.

This post is to give people an update on how the recent flood has affected Skelton Grange and the surrounding area, and what we’re trying to do about it.

It has been over 2 weeks now since floods hit large parts of the UK on Boxing Day (26th December).Bits of Leeds have been badly affected, but at Skelton Grange we got … Continue reading

Volunteer blogs – with Child Friendly Leeds

Volunteer blogs - with Child Friendly Leeds

Its a big night in Leeds! Some of our team are off to the Child Friendly Leeds Awards tonight – to see which organisations in Leeds are being recognised for the wonderful work they do with young people in the city. The ceremony is a great event, all organised by young people, and with more young people from Leeds performing between the award presentations! It should be a fun evening and a chance to find out more about some of the other organisations helping to make a difference in the city.

A few of our Volunteer Officers have contributed to … Continue reading

Learning the ancient art of Hedgelaying – in 3 days.

Hedgelaying in progress

One of my aims for this year is to give our volunteers a chance to contribute to this Blog. So its over to Louise Gibson, one of our Volunteer Officers for her thoughts on her introduction to hedgelaying…

“As I start writing this it’s been a long day and my arm aches but it’s been a rewarding day too. We’ve finished the stretch of hedge we began to lay 2 days ago. In 3 days I have gone from not knowing what hedgelaying really involved, to being able to lay a hedge to a ‘satisfactory’ level myself.

I’d heard of … Continue reading

A bigger splash: Skelton Grange pond is complete!

The new pond!

The finishing touches have now been put to the big new pond project at Skelton Grange and the wildlife is settling in now. Thanks to the support of First Direct and WREN, as well as all the volunteers who got involved in the building process, our pond dipping facilities will be better than ever as we enter the autumn, with a brand now pond and a high quality new dipping platform as well.

The first stages of the build were covered in an earlier blog post. Next up was to lay the non slip decking to provide … Continue reading

Alien Invaders! Banish the Balsam week…

Alien Invaders! Banish the Balsam week...

Summer is here. Really. You wouldn’t necessarily think it today as the rain pours down outside the window, but it is. And everything is growing like crazy. A week of work and the site is more green and vibrant than ever; path borders need cutting back, the mower is in action and the veg patch is taking shape. But growing faster than anything else are a couple of alien invaders – non native species that we manage, in order to control their spread across the site, and ultimately to remove them all together.

This week we … Continue reading

Working on the Wild Side

Working on the Wild Side

After more than twenty years of hard work by volunteers the Skelton Grange site is now home to lots of wildlife; what was once a patch of mown grass near a power station is now a vibrant mix of meadows, ponds, woodland and hedgerows. Although we are in an industrial part of the city, full of substations and sewage works, the centre is also surrounded by lots of green space, with scrubland linking into countryside and the River Aire serving as a natural green corridor running along the bottom of the site. All of this means that Skelton is becoming … Continue reading