Volunteering days at Skelton Grange

Join the Green Team!

Learn some new skills, meet some new people and get out in the fresh air with a range of free volunteering events at Skelton Grange Environment Centre.

The environmental education centre, hidden away in a beautiful green space by the River Aire near Hunslet, gives children and young people from all over Leeds the opportunity to find out more about the natural world and their local environment through hands-on outdoor activities.

And you can get involved by joining in with the monthly Friday Green Team volunteering days.  From jam-making to hedge cutting, there’s a wide variety of practical tasks to join in with.  No experience needed, just energy and enthusiasm!

The full range of volunteering days for the rest of 2011 can be found on the centre’s website, along with details of how to book your free place, and how to find the centre.

Can’t make it on a Friday? Then come along to the Friends of Skelton Grange’s Community Volunteering Day on Sunday 12th June from 12-5pm, and get involved with some practical work in the summer sun.  The group will also be holding their AGM – your chance to input into the group’s plans for the next year. To find out more visit the website here.

New herb garden at Skelton Grange

Volunteers working on the new herb spiral

Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre are buzzing about a new spiral shaped herb garden area that will provide sweet nectar for bees, as well as a sensory experience for children visiting the centre.  The herb spiral is part of the ‘Bee Involved’ project, organised by the Friends of Skelton Grange, which received £5,343 from The Big Lottery Fund’s Community Wildlife programme to develop nature areas at the centre.

To launch the new project 15 local volunteers got involved in constructing the giant herb spiral, which has been constructed out of reclaimed stone. “The new herb garden will provide great opportunities for pollinating insects within an industrial part of Leeds where wildlife areas are under threat,” said volunteer Elly Robinson. “It will also provide a valuable learning space for visitors to watch these busy insects at work and to use a range of senses to get in touch with nature and the natural environment.”

There are still opportunities to be part of a ‘Bee Involved’ event – the next community volunteering day will be held on Friday 15th April, when volunteers will be doing further work on the meadow and sensory gardens at the environment centre in Stourton. To find out more and book a place visit Skelton Grange’s website

Volunteering opportunities at Skelton Grange Environment Centre

A volunteer planting a tree

Have you made a new year’s resolution to get involved with your local community, look after the environment and get more active? Volunteering at Skelton Grange Environment Centre could help you to do all these things and more.  The environmental education centre, hidden away in a beautiful green space by the River Aire near Hunslet, gives children and young people from all over Leeds the opportunity to find out more about the natural world and their local environment through hands-on outdoor activities.

Monthly Green Team events give everyone the opportunity to come and visit Skelton Grange and help out with practical work in the wildlife gardens.  Tasks range from tree planting to footpath work, and no experience is needed, just the willingness to have a go.  It’s a great way of learning some new skills, meeting new people and getting out in the fresh air.  A full list of upcoming tasks can be found on the centre’s website.

For those with more time to commit, the centre also offers fantastic opportunities for those who would like to work with children or in the environmental sector, but lack the experience.  The centre’s Volunteer Officer scheme provides work experience that is valued by employers and looks great on your CV, a full training programme including working with children and health and safety, a supportive and friendly environment, as well as travel and lunch expenses.   Find out more on the centre’s website.