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