South Leeds Roundup: Beetroot, Barns and Bees


Here’s your regular roundup of what’s making South Leeds tick on other websites, blogs and across Facebook.

Red Bed TCV Skelton Grange
Photo courtesy of TCV Skelton Grange

We start this week down at Skelton Grange Environment Centre which has planted a Red Bed – a whole vegetable bed that is dedicated to growing red fruit and vegetables. They’ve kept the world informed of its progress on their Facebook page and have added more photos this week including this fine beetroot. They also have information about their children’s summer activities.

Do you have an empty property you don’t know what to do with? Leeds Empties and their Empty Homes Doctor are holding another clinic to help you. It’s coming up later in the month.

Friend of South Leeds Life, John Baron has written about the pros and cons of the NGT Trolleybus scheme over at The City Talking website. Don’t forget there are two more consultation events this weekend where you can find out more about the project.

Hunslet Festival have photos and video of this year’s Gala on their Facebook Page.

Rothwell Neighbourhood Policing Team report on closing a cannabis farm in Belle Isle and arresting those involved with the help of information from members of the public. It’s on their Facebook page.

SLATE’s Facebook page has lots of information about their second hand furniture and events including this Saturday’s Furniture Upcycling workshop and news of a Vintage fair they’re holding in September – both at their Feel Good Café at Hillside in Beeston.

South Leeds Music Centre have details on their Facebook page of next year’s term dates, but also remind us that there’s still time to book onto their Summer School in August.

Aire Valley Homes are holding an event on Monday for people who want to exchange houses with another tenant. In these times of benefit cuts and the bedroom tax, this has got to be a good idea. We also noticed on Twitter that Mark Wheelwright from AVH won an award for ALMO Team Member of the Year.

The Friends of Stank Hall Barn are opening the barn to the public on Sunday with guided tours of the site at 11am, 12 and 1pm. Check the details on their Facebook Page.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported on a great story telling session for pupils from Ingram Road Primary School in Holbeck. Local author Matthew Bellwood retold part of the ancient Greek story The Odyssey as part of the Breeze Reads festival. It’s all on their website.

The Hamara Centre in Beeston have information on their Facebook page about the Khushi project which is breaking down prejudice about mental health amongst the South Asian community.

Hunslet St Mary’s Primary School have published a video on their blog featuring the Hunslet Massive Cheerleading Squad performing at Hunslet Gala and raising £1,000 in the process for Joseph Lillywhite.

And finally, you might remember that last year we reported on the Urban Pollinators project which is studying the role of urban parks in providing habitat for pollinating insects – bees and suchlike. Their blog has a piece about progress in Leeds, but sadly no pictures of the test sites at Cross Flatts Park and Middleton Park.