Skelton Grange Environment Centre opens its doors

A South Leeds education centre and nature reserve is flinging open its doors to visitors for its open day on Saturday, 8th September, writes Toby Roberts.

Usually visited by schools, playschemes and community groups, the Skelton Grange Environment Centre open day offers all children and their families from across Leeds a great opportunity to get close to nature through a huge range of activities – so come along and find out more about this hidden gem in the heart of South Leeds.

Hunslet St Mary’s pupils at Skelton Grange

Learn traditional green woodworking and bushcraft skills, or create your own bicycle powered smoothie, try out face-painting, felt-making, storytelling, circus skills and take a Walk on the Wild Side with our new nature trail.

Then put your feet up in the café and enjoy some home-made sweet and savoury snacks, enjoy a pint of locally brewed Ridgeside beer or a freshly baked pizza from the outdoor cob oven!

Skelton Grange Environment Centre was opened 20 years ago, and is managed by the charity The Conservation Volunteers. We believe passionately that looking after green places isn’t just about caring for nature, it’s about caring for people as well.

Our volunteers give so much to create a beautiful nature reserve and deliver an exciting education programme for visitors – and have great fun in the process!

Come along and find out how you can be involved, as a volunteer, a supporter or a visitor, and we promise you a great day out.

The day will run from 11am til 4pm, and admission is just £1 for adults and free for children.  Full details including directions can be found on the centre’s website