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Yorkshire Housing, the River Stewardship Company and other volunteers are working to improve the local environment at Swarcliffe Beck.

Local groups including the Skill Mill, Swarcliffe youth squad and Grimesdyke Primary School have already made a huge difference to the environment. The Beck is now transformed thanks to their hard work over the summer.

Volunteers have cleared away rubbish and planted wildflowers to create new wildlife habitats which are slowly helping to return the Beck to its natural glory. And they’ll be doing it all again on 25 October.

Yorkshire Housing’s Swarcliffe PFI project manager Sally Kendrick said:

“Swarcliffe Beck is a fantastic natural asset – right on our doorstep. And after clearing Himalayan balsam (a weed that grows next to watercourses and spreads quickly, putting other plants in the shade and killing them as it takes over river banks) on the Beck this summer, I know that volunteering is not only worthwhile but great fun too! The Yorkshire Housing Swarcliffe team are involving people of all ages in the community to help out. This continued clean up, will benefit people and animals for years to come. It’s a lovely area to be in and well worth getting involved in.”

The River Stewardship Company communities, education and engagement manager Hellen Hornby said:

“It’s great to see Yorkshire Housing going above and beyond to support the Swarcliffe Beautiful Becks project. We’ve shown there’s a lot of interest from local people to get involved in looking after their area. We welcome anyone who wants to come along and help on 25 October.”

To volunteer please contact Hellen Hornby 0114 3540 012. Or visit the website www.the-rsc.co.uk.

The event takes place on Wednesday 25 October 2017, 10am to 1pm at Swarcliffe Beck, off Langbar Close, Leeds, LS14 5EB.