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. Groups and organisations are welcome to join, and membership is free

General meetings 2020

The General Meeting scheduled for Thursday 23rd April is cancelled.

The next will be on Wed 15th July at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, and we hope that this will go ahead, depending on Government guidelines.

Blue PlaqueMeanwood Valley  Urban Farm is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. As a charity its income depends largely on visitors’ entry fees and donations. Sadly, with the lockdown, it is facing financial ruin, – so they have set up a fund-raising appeal via Just Giving, see for more information.

Leeds Parks Fund opens for applications


Deadline for applications: 12 noon, Tuesday 8 October 2019

Leeds Community Foundation is pleased to announce the first round of funding from Leeds Parks Fund. Developed in partnership with Leeds City Council and Leeds Parks and Green Spaces Forum, the Fund has been possible thanks to the generous support of individual and business donors.

Good quality parks and other public green spaces are essential for making cities great places to visit, work and live in. The many benefits of parks include improving health and wellbeing, providing places for children to play and homes for wildlife, bringing communities together and beautifying the city. They also make a positive contribution to the environment by helping to keep the air clean and mitigating the growing impact of climate change.

This first round is focused on the environment. As a result, we are particularly keen to receive applications that demonstrate at least one of the following:

•           Benefit to local environment

•           Improved access to natural environment

•           Increased use of natural environment

•           Education about the environment

For more details about the Fund and how to apply please visit our Grants Page here.

Applicant Briefing Session

Friday 13 September 2019, 10.00-11.30am

Squire Patton Boggs, 6 Wellington Place, Leeds, LS1 4AP

If you’re interested in learning more about the Leeds Parks Fund then please join our briefing session. This will include a presentation explaining the grant programme, the application process and Q&A session. To reserve a place, please book here

If you wish to attend this event and have any personal requirements in order to fully enjoy your event, then please let us know at the earliest date possible. We have an inclusive approach and wish to ensure that everyone who wants to attend our events is able to do so and obtain full benefit from being our guest.

First i-Tree Report Published

The UBoC / LEAF team at the University of Leeds have published the first and largest of three reports which aim to provide financial values for Leeds trees in by measuring the work they do as carbon stores, pollution removers, flood protectors and more.

i-Tree-Report-2019-v1.4_1-768x543The primary tool used was i-Tree Eco, with other similar tools employed to measure additional functions.

The first report values the trees on the university campus. Future reports, which use slightly different surveying methods because the team are as interested in the effectiveness of these tools as they are in the values the trees, will measure the highly wooded Middleton ward in south Leeds, and then the whole city, ward by ward.

UBoC hope to develop tools which could potentially be used by Friends groups to easily and quickly measure ‘ecosystem services’ in a park or green space (i-Tree is very time-consuming and requires expert data processing), but these lie some time in the future.

The report can be read here.


Leeds Parks Fund is out and about

Leeds Parks Fund are going on a Summer Roadshow! Come and see us to chat about our amazing parks.

Passionate about parks? Have some spare time this August? Email or message us to find out more about volunteering with us.

Locations and dates:

3rd August, 12pm: Hyde Park Unity Day

7th August, 1pm: Cross Flatts Breeze

9th August, 1pm: Farnley Hall Breeze

11th August, 2pm: Golden Acre Park

21st August, 1pm: Lovell Park Breeze

31st August: Chapel Allerton Festival