The first phase of a long-term project to green a historic walking route between Holbeck and Leeds city centre is now underway, thanks to £75,000 of funding which will be used to transform areas of neglected land into green spaces.
The Green Corridor project will focus on the route from the centre of Holbeck, from St Matthew’s Church, through Holbeck Urban Village and into the centre of Leeds. It involves a range of environmental improvements including the planting of ornamental pear trees along Sweet Street, sowing wild flower meadows at eight locations in and around Holbeck to encourage wildlife back into the area and installing overhead lighting along the viaduct route.
The first phase of the project has been funded by £47,000 of Section 106 money, a fund that developers in the area pay into which goes towards the maintenance of the public open space, with the additional £28,000 provided by Yorkshire Forward.
Changes are taking place, with the support of experts Green Estate, a social enterprise company whose job it is to transform neglected open spaces and make them into green places that will delight passers by of the human or insect kind.
Green Estate is working with local people and Leeds City Council to clean up and plant public spaces, creating a daisy chain of connections along a historic walking route from Holbeck to the city centre.
In the first phase of work along the route wild flower meadows will be planted replacing derelict sites with a rich habitat in bloom for up to six months of the year. The green corridor project incorporates a range of environmental improvements across eight meadow sites leading from Brown Lane East, part of the ongoing regeneration of Holbeck, leading into Holbeck Urban Village.
Download a map of the Green Corridor and follow the trail.
Green Corridor route map