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Yorkshire nature reserve saved by £1 purchase

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Leeds Council pays National Grid £1 to save lots of Kirkstall Nature Reserve from going up for public sale after a public outcry, it has been introduced.

The information, revealed within the Yorkshire Evening Post, comes after campaigners in west Leeds expressed their “disbelief” on the resolution to place a part of the wildlife park up for public sale, with a information of simply £500. Kirkstall Valley Nature reserve, which sits on the positioning of the previous Kirkstall Power Station, is regarded as residence to greater than 130 species of vegetation and 65 species of birds.



Small Copper may be discovered within the meadows at Kirkstall Valley (John Rowe).

Owners of the positioning National Grid had lately positioned it up for public sale through Allsop’s, which listed the 30-acre web site, which seems to take up roughly half of the reserve, with a information value of ‘£500+’. 

According to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, the positioning’s meadows maintain a “myriad of insect life together with Small Copper butterfly”, in addition to younger woodland with fruit-bearing shrubs attracting feeding birds and ponds and ditches host populations of toads, frogs and newts.

Leeds residents had been left devastated by the potential sale and alter of use of the Nature Reserve. However, it was introduced on Monday 9 November that the reserve will now be saved by Leeds Council.

National Grid had recognized the land as “surplus to their necessities”, the report mentioned. The acquisition of the land by the council would “preserve the standing of the land as an vital native amenity and concrete inexperienced hall”.

Upon the Council buying the land, it’s initially meant that the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust proceed to undertake upkeep, administration and conservation work.