Residents in Bruntcliffe Lane have been left confused and upset by the disappearance of trees outside their homes – some of which had stood there for more than a century.
Nick and Denise Greenwood have been trying to find out why the site has been turned from a woodland area into an “eyesore”, with the help of next door neighbour Meg Howard.
The 15 or so trees on the site were cut down during the course of a few days earlier this month.
Mr Greenwood said: “We would just like to know who has sanctioned it for them to be cut down. Why they have done it and what is planned for the area?”
He said he had spoken to Leeds City Council officials who said it was private land and, as far as they were aware, no plans had been submitted for its development.
Mrs Howard said the site had once been a burial ground.
“There was a thriving Mormon community in Morley and Bruntcliffe in the 18th century and there is a sign saying ‘Friends Burial Ground (disused) 1689,” she said.
“I had a lovely view from my front room of trees that stood over 60ft high and around 20 smaller trees. It was one of the reasons I bought it.”
Mrs Greenwood said: “It can’t just be left like that. It seems as though it was done in such haste.
“It was a perfectly nice part of the road and now it looks like an eyesore. There has already been flytipping. We just want answers.”