Skills and opportunities for volunteers in South Leeds

A range of volunteer training days are running with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) to complete work on a new entrance and event space at Skelton Grange Environment Centre in South Leeds.

The works are now in their final phases, and will be completed with volunteer workshops on walling, traditional cob oven techniqes, green wood fencing, timber construction and the creation of a green roof.

Events and opportunities will be running during July, August and September for volunteers to get involved and learn new skills.

The impressive building work already completed has been carried out by S&D landscapes, and The South Pennine Walling Company to create a new social space protected by dry stone walls for visitors and school children to enjoy.

The project, which is being funded by a £63,619.43 grant from FCC Communities Foundation, and a £9869 grant from YORhub will provide an outdoor learning area and a stone ramp on a more gradual gradient to help wheelchair users once it opens in September 2019.

Toby Roberts, Green Spaces and Health Team Leader at TCV Skelton Grange is thrilled that the project is starting to take shape:

“It’s great to see the new space getting close to completion – access is already hugely improved and the we will be using it as a learning space very soon. We are extremely grateful for the funding FCC and YORhub have given us and we’re looking forward to opening for the public on our Big Green Weekend Open Day on September 21st 2019!”

FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Penny Horne, grant manager for FCC Communities Foundation, says:

“It’s always nice to see something we have funded start to take shape. We’re delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile project and look forward to it benefitting many groups of people within Leeds and across the Yorkshire region.”

You can find out more about how to get involved by contacting TCV at Skelton Grange Environment Centre on (0113) 243 0815 or by emailing


This post is based on a press release issued by Skelton Grange Environment Centre