Skelton Grange Environment Centre gets ready for Bike Week


Staff and volunteers at Skelton Grange will be travelling to work by two wheels during Bike Week, 14-22 June.

TCV Bike weekThere’ll be a special bicycle tour showing volunteers how to easy it is to get to the centre by bicycle – followed by a Tour de France Grand Départ bikers’ breakfast!

Inspired by Bike Week and the forthcoming Tour de France Grand Départ 2014, Skelton Grange has embraced the occasion and will be encouraging staff and volunteers to arrive by bicycle during Bike Week and beyond. In order to show volunteers just how easy it is to get to Skelton Grange from Leeds city centre by bicycle, staff will guide the volunteers, setting off from Leeds train station at 8:30am, in order to arrive at Skelton Grange in good time for a special ‘France meets Yorkshire’ bikers’ breakfast, including freshly baked French pastries and thirst quenching Yorkshire Tea kindly donated by Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate. Then the ever popular Green Team volunteer group will take over with a short break in the afternoon to perform some essential bike maintenance tasks; cleaning frames, oiling chains and pumping up tires.

Ralph Walker from The Conservation Volunteers said:

“What an amazing way to celebrate Bike Week and the Tour de France Grand Départ! It’s so easy to get to Skelton by bike. I’ll be joining up with the morning tour at the Royal Armouries and I’m looking forward to a nice cup of Yorkshire tea and a croissant at our journey’s end before the Green Team volunteers get going.”

The wide variety of volunteering opportunities at Skelton Grange has been made possible due to funding by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Funding and by National Grid. The five year Access2Nature project aims to improve the life prospects and wellbeing of people in Leeds facing disadvantage, by providing positive social, learning and volunteering opportunities based in the natural environment.

If you would like to join in with Bike Week at Skelton Grange or find out how else you can get involved with this charity then visit or call the centre on (0113) 243 0815.