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Ireland Wood Primary School Cleans Up In Recycling Competition

June 25th, 2013 · Community News, Ireland Wood School

by Joel Beaumont
Ireland Wood Primary is celebrating after winning a citywide, radio competition designed to inspire recycling.

As part of Recycle Week schools from across Leeds took part in a competition to create a radio advertising campaign that will inspire kids and their parents to recycle.

Ireland Wood beat entries from over 20 primary schools to win and now their idea for an advert will be turned into a nationwide advertising campaign. The children were presented with a Gold Disc for their creative and inspiring work.

Ian Blackburn, Head Teacher of Ireland Wood Primary School, said: ‘The students really enjoyed getting involved in the competition and it was a great way for them to learn more about the environment and how they can influence people to be greener and be more committed to improving the local environment.

Ireland Wood School Recycling Winners.

Deputy Executive Board Member for Environmental Services, Councillor Jack Dunn presented the award to children from the school and congratulated them on their positive attitude to the environment. He said: “Recycling Week is about celebrating our collective achievements and promoting ways in which we can build on this success. It’s very fitting that we’re presenting an award to young people who are already committed to delivering a cleaner and greener city. I congratulate them on their excellent work and I hope it will inspire young people to get involved in the green agenda”

Recycle Week

This is the tenth anniversary of Recycle Week which takes place each June. The city of Leeds has a lot to celebrate when it comes to recycling. Leeds continues to increase its annual recycling rate which now stands at 40.2% percent, up from 11% in 2003.

Holt Park has some of the best recycling facilities in the city. As well as the recycling bins located on streets in the Holtdales and Holt Farm Close/Rise, the Asda car park is equipped with large recycle banks for glass, paper, plastic and tin. There are also clothes donation banks operated by various charities.

Ireland Wood’s winning submission will now be made into a professionally styled radio advert that will be used to promote recycling in schools across the country.

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Take a walk on the wild side with Linda Jenkinson

June 17th, 2013 · Community News

This is a guest post from Linda Jenkinson of startbirding.co.uk

If you’re interested in wildlife, and you live in Leeds, you’ll already know that you don’t have to travel far too far to watch a multitude of species. If you live in the Leeds 16 and Leeds 18 area then many of these can be found right on your doorstep. You just need to know where to look.

Leeds is the second greenest city in Europe, second only to Vienna, with 65% of the city being greenbelt land. Our city council manages 4000 hectares of green space in and around Leeds, including public rights of way; such as the Leeds Country Way. Other conservation organisations also manage sections of our city for wildlife.

The most notable bird that can be found within the LS16 and LS18 boundaries is the red kite. This elegant bird of prey was introduced onto the Harewood estate in 1999 and birds have now dispersed to most parts of Leeds and beyond. Apart from being able to see red kites regularly from your garden, you will also get good views from Golden Acre Park, Breary Marsh, Paul’s Pond and surrounding farmland. Here you will also find many woodland and wetland species, including tufted duck, treecreeper, nuthatch, kingfisher and little grebe. In the spring, look out for curlew, lapwing, house martin, swallow and swift around the farmland. The adjoining grounds of Cookridge Hall also provides excellent habitat for birds such as green woodpecker, yellowhammer and, in the winter, fieldfare, redwing, siskin and redpoll.

A little known gem of a reserve belonging to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust can be found at the end of Golden Acre lake. This is Adel Dam Nature Reserve. Here you’ll find Mandarin duck, teal, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, treecreeper and, if you’re quiet, you may even stumble across a roe deer taking a stroll along one of the paths ahead of you.

Female great spotted woodpecker at Adel Dam Nature ReserveFemale great spotted woodpecker at Adel Dam Nature Reserve – photo: Linda Jenkinson

From the east side of Golden Acre Park, you can follow the 7 mile long Meanwood Valley Trail which will take you to the centre of Leeds. Along the way you can explore Adel Wood and Scotland Wood to look for lesser spotted woodpecker. Grey wagtail and kingfisher can be seen throughout the year on the becks and streams and, in the winter, you may even find a dipper feeding.

Travel north-east from Golden Acre to Eccup reservoir; a haven for wildfowl in the winter. Look out for pink-footed geese, wigeon and goosander. Great crested grebe can be seen on the reservoir all year round and, in the spring, you may find all three species of wagtail on the water’s edge or adjoining farmland. This is a fabulous place to watch for red kite and buzzards and a walk around the farmland will also give you good views of tree sparrow, yellowhammer, bullfinch, sparrowhawk, little owl and lapwing. Passage migrants such as wheatear and common sandpiper can also be found.

Other important areas for wildlife in or near these postcodes are sections of the River Aire and the Leeds Liverpool Canal; Rawdon Billing; Ireland Wood, Clayton wood and the wonderful Hawksworth Wood and Little Hawksworth Wood.

On Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays you can visit Rodley Nature Reserve. Many species of water birds can be seen on the lagoons, especially in winter. Kingfishers, bullfinches, little owls and sparrowhawks are regularly seen, and the reserve often hosts some scarce passage migrants such as whinchat and garganey. The recent addition of the fish pass is providing good habitat for passing otters and we watch with anticipation for swifts to colonise the new swift tower. The fantastic dragonfly ponds and butterfly meadows alone are worth a visit and you can take a much needed break at the reserve café.

If you love wildlife, but you’re not sure what you’re looking at, then why not join me on one of my birdwatching walks. My classes run throughout the year and are aimed at adults who want to learn in a friendly, supportive environment. Complete beginners are welcome and binoculars can be provided. You’ll have the opportunity to visit many of the sites mentioned above and learn to identify each species.  You can also learn some bird songs and calls.  Visit www.startbirding.co.uk for more information or email linda.startbirding@gmail.com

 

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Crime report 28th May 2013 for
Holt Park, Cookridge, Adel and Horsforth

June 2nd, 2013 · Crime

Holt Park Crime Report, Leeds, LS16

Holt Park Crime Update

There has had one burglary reported this week on Kenworthy Garth this occurred between 00:00-02:25 hrs on 22/05/13. Person/s remove door lock barrel from rear door gaining entry to property. Person/s are then disturbed by occupant and leave property taking accessible items. 3 males have been arrested for this offence and enquiries are ongoing.

There has been one criminal damage report that occurred on Holtdale Road. Person/s unknown have caused damage by unknown means to a property window.

Some property was taken from a garden on Holtdale Gardens. This occurred between 21st and 24th May 2013. Please refrain from leaving anything of great value in your garden. In recent weeks there has been a handful of calls regarding people driving around the estate looking for scrap. Unfortunately sometimes, things are removed without the owners consent. This is why we need to make sure that anything of value is not left insecure. If anybody witnesses such a thing, please do not hesitate to contact the police on the non emergency number of 101.

There has been no anti social behaviour calls this week, which is fantastic news. High visibility patrols will continue on and around the estate.

Cookridge Crime Update

There has been one report of an attempt burglary this week. This occurred on Woodhill Crescent between 23:00 hrs on 21/05/13- 06:15 hrs on 22/05/13. Person/s unknown have attacked the beading of a ground floor UPVC window, no entry was gained.

Other than the burglary, there has been no other crime reported or antisocial behaviour calls received over the past seven days. This once again is great news for Cookridge.

Surrounding areas have seen a slight increase of theft from sheds and garages etc. It would appear that high valued cycles are been targeted. If you are in possession of a high value bike or any other valuable that you keep in an outbuilding, please consider your security. Recent thefts have involved the usual forcing of the lock and door and even the removal of the actual door. Shed alarms can be bought for low price, especially when the price of a stolen bike or other equipment is so high.

Adel Crime Report

There has been one report of a theft that occurred from a garden on Dunstarn Drive. This occurred between 17:30 hrs on 22/05/13- 08:30 hrs on 23/05/13. Please can this be a timely reminder to local residents not to leave any valuables unattended. Leaving items on show to passing thieves is an open invitation.

Surrounding areas have seen a slight increase of theft from sheds and garages etc. It would appear that high valued cycles are been targeted. If you are in possession of a high value bike or any other valuable that you keep in an outbuilding, please consider your security. Recent thefts have involved the usual forcing of the lock and door and even the removal of the actual door. Shed alarms can be bought for low price, especially when the price of a stolen bike or other equipment is so high.

There has been no calls relating to anti social behaviour, which again is brilliant news. High visibility patrols will continue in the area in an effort to deter any calls.

Horsforth Crime Report

Not a good week unfortunately regarding burglaries, with four reported in the past seven days.

The first occurred on 18/05/13 on South Row. Person/s have tried to jemmy the rear UPVC door to no avail. They have then removed the beading from the bottom panel of the door and proceeded to kick it through. A tidy search was made and property was removed. 1 male has been arrested and enquiries are ongoing.

Due to an insecure window the second occurred on Cragg Wood Road overnight of the 23rd May 2013. Entry was gained through the insecure window and property taken from the living room area.

A property on Broadgate Crescent was broken in to between 22:45 hrs on 24/05/13 and 07:10 hrs on 25/05/13. Person/s have used an unknown implement to attack the euro profile lock. Entry was gained, but a further door prevented them gaining access to the whole house. A house on Stanhope Drive was also broken in to over within the same period of time and entry was gained by the same means. Enquiries are ongoing.

Four thefts from vehicles have been reported this week. These have happened on Outwood Lane and Long Row. Entry was gained to both vehicles by smashing a window and property was taken from one. Person/s gained entry to a vehicle on Regent Road by unknown means and property was taken. A van was then broken in to Clarence Gardens after access was gained by creating a hole next to the rear door lock.

A shed and a garage were broken in to this week. The first occurred on West End Lane between 22:00 hrs on 12/05/13 and 17:00 hrs on 22/05/13. Entry was gained by person/s unscrewing the shed door and a cycle was stolen. Entry was gained to a secure garage on Town Street by unknown means, no property was taken. This offence happened overnight of the 23/05/13.

It would appear that high valued cycles are still been targeted. If you are in possession of a high value bike or any other valuable that you keep in an outbuilding, please consider your security. Recent thefts have involved the usual forcing of the lock and door and even the removal of the actual door. Shed alarms can be bought for low price, especially when the price of a stolen bike or other equipment is so high.

A cycle marking event was held by PCSO’s Rob Southwood and James Wishart at Tiangle Cycles, Long Row on 25th May 2013. 20 cycles were marked.

PCSO’s were out in force on the evening of 19th May 2013 on Southway checking if any vehicles were left insecure. 10 vehicles in total were found insecure, which is an open invitation to passing criminals. We really cannot stress enough how important it is to make sure your vehicle is secure.

We have received one call regarding anti social behaviour on King George Avenue. The call related to a quad bike driving in an inappropriate manner with young children on it also. If anybody witnesses this again, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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OPAL SURVEY (Older People’s Action in The Locality)

May 31st, 2013 · Community News

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Adel Pre-School Celebrates 50 years!

May 9th, 2013 · Community News

Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Ann Castle crowneds May Queen Safiya Lomas at Adel Pre-School.
On Thursday 2nd May children aged between 2.5-4 years danced around the Maypole to celebrate Adel Pre-School’s 50th Birthday. The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Ann Castle was their special guest and crowned May Queen Safiya Lomas.

Former employees of the pre-school joined with parents and after the event enjoyed a Birthday tea with sandwiches kindly donated by The Lawnswood Arms.

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