Do you want to find time to stay physically active, but you also want to volunteer in your community or do something to promote wildlife and biodiversity? You can combine the two by joining one of the many community groups that form Leeds Parks and Greenspaces Forum.
The Leeds Parks and Green Spaces Forum is a voluntary organisation made up of individuals, groups and organisations interested in enhancing the green spaces of Leeds. The Forum includes members from ‘Friends of’ groups, Residents’ association, In Bloom groups, Environmental charities and Leeds City Council Park and Countryside.
Volunteering in great outdoors is a great way to meet new people and help the community and the environment, while burning some calories and staying active. There is a wide range of activities you can get involved in, from tree and flowers planting to wildflower meadow maintenance.
As well as getting your hands dirty with your chosen organisation through Leeds Parks and Green Spaces Forum, you can have more of a say in decisions that affect parks and green spaces in Leeds, have the opportunity to influence various policies, and even raise funds for the betterment of the wildlife.
To find out more about Leeds Parks and Greenspaces Forum, visit http://www.turnstone.tv/NEW_PF/about-the-forum.html and check out this map to discover the locations of their member groups and what each group offers.
Other volunteering opportunities provided by Leeds City Council can be found on these two web pages:
If you think gardening in particular is more suitable for you, Get Set Leeds gives you some ideas on how to stay active while gardening, whether or not you have your own garden. You can find more about this on the Get Active section.