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Outdoor volunteering opportunities

By LucyMcDonald 28 Feb 2024

There are plenty of opportunities throughout the year to lend a helping hand to creating and conservating beautiful outdoor spaces.

As we are facing a climate crisis, it's important that we all do our bit to ensure our natural environments are taken care of and looked after. Our natural spaces, from forests to beaches and wetlands, play a critical role in maintaining biodiversity and supporting countless plant and animal species.

Students helping to maintain the natural space

Volunteering to help maintain these spaces not only helps the environment, but is also a fantastic way to get involved in your community, meet like-minded individuals, and enjoy the great outdoors. Spending time outdoors, breathing in fresh air, and taking part in physical activity can have a massive positive impact on both your mental and physical health. 

So, why wait? Get out there to make a positive impact on the world around you. There are plenty of chances to get involved this year, so if it sounds like your kinda thing, sign up for some of the activities below!

We'll be running Wild Work Days throughout the year in partnership with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust where you'll have the chance to help maintain natural spaces throughout Leeds and beyond. This year we'll be heading out to: 

  • Hay meadow and fen management at Sherburn Willows Nature Reserve on Wednesday 14 February. 
  • Tree planting at Rothwell Pastures Nature Reserve on Wednesday 13 March to do some tree planting.
  • Hay meadow creation at Water Haigh on Wednesday 10 April 

Students with outdoor tools helping to clean up the natural space

Our team will also be working with Groundwork Yorkshire at our very own site, the North Hill Well Wood, to help complete further work on the outdoor wellbeing space for students and staff of the University. The work you'll get involved in can vary but includes planting hedges and trees, repairing steps and pathways and helping to install or construct water features for animals or handrails for visitors. Food and hot drinks are provided, and there's access to a toilet in nearby North Hill Court.

These volunteering dates will be on Wednesday 31 January, Wednesday 28 February and Wednesday 27 March. 

If you're interested in getting involved with any of the above dates, or want to find out more, please email Mike Leonard at  and specify which dates you are interested in.

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LucyMcDonald Marketing Executive for Residence Life. Fun fact: I'm a Leeds native and I specialised in VFX and CGI before having a career change and getting into the wonderful world of Marketing!
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