A new nature park has come to fruition enabling visitors to enjoy the green space between Ardsley and Thorpe.
Leeds City Council’s Parks and Countryside Department started the project focussing on linking existing green spaces such as woodland, wetland and nature greenland to improve both public access and biodiversity.
Local areas included are Thorpe Wood, East Ardsley Fall and Dolphin Marsh.
Work has included woodland management, planting, meadow improvement and hedgegrow planting as well as improvements to the wetland habitat at Dolphin Marsh.
Improvements have also been made to the access to encourage visitors to explore the full length of the corridor and enjoy the natural beauty.
The new park runs either side of the railway line from Lingwell Nook on the Wakefield border to Thorpe Wood and forms the first phase of a much larger scheme that will enhance the green corridor that links South Leeds with Rothwell Country Park and the Lower Aire Valley.
It is hoped the park will maintain open spaces, views, green horizons, recreation activities such as walking, horse riding, cycling and picnics, for which benches will be installed, as well as pond life and wildflowers.
The plan was announced in September last year with consultations with the public held where they were able to inspect the designs and share their views.
Dolphin Beck Marsh contains one of the few remaining reed beds in Leeds.
Surrounded by housing developments, the marsh was identified as having need of immediate intervention to halt its inevitable degradation.
For more information on the south Leeds corridor, visit www.leeds.gov.uk.