working with friends

Greenbelt is working with the Friends of Springfield Mill to create a community woodland at Morley, near Leeds.

Springfield Mill Park is the first project that Greenbelt has been involved in with a Friends organisation, and signage erected at the Park is the first to include Greenbelt's new logo. The Park was opened on 11 May by local MP Colin Challen and Councillor Bob Gettings, Mayor of Morley.

Local children and students from local schools worked with the Friends to transform the neglected woodland, clearing the undergrowth, planting thousands of wildflowers, erecting bird and bat boxes, and installing picnic tables. Greenbelt assisted with the heavier work, clearing trees and removing limbs and branches.

Local families are now benefiting from

  • a footpath network and wildlife pond
  • a play area and football pitch
  • mature woodland flanked with shrubbery and trees

The 2-hectare Park was funded by the developer rather than the local residents. Greenbelt is now managing and maintaining the Park, and contributing to the funding of the Friends organisation. Janet McQuillan, Greenbelt's Head of Operations, says: "Springfield Mill was a 'first' for Greenbelt working with a Friends organisation.

"We have built a good relationship with the Friends and we are looking forward to working with them in maintaining this attractive woodland."