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Yorkshire forward invest £900,000 in West Yorkshire’s Green Spaces


1st August 2008
Yorkshire Forward is investing £900,000 in a programme to improve green spaces across West Yorkshire.

The Green Infrastructure programme will be delivered by partners of the White Rose Forest, and aims to demonstrate the benefits of enhancing green spaces.

Community groups will be involved in tree planting schemes in towns and cities to provide landscape and habitat improvements, enhance public amenities as well as growing biomass as a source of green energy. The projects will also provide training opportunities to teach people about environmental asset management.

Michael Smith, Head of Sustainable Development for Yorkshire Forward said:

“Green spaces are an essential part of the landscape - urban or rural – and we need to ensure that the spaces we have are utlilised to the best advantage, for the community and the environment.

”This programme will deliver some of the woodland and biomass landscaping identified within the renaissance towns masterplans – improving the region’s environmental infrastructure.”

Guy Thompson, Head of West Yorkshire Forest said:

“This funding will help to make our landscape more resilient to climate change, provide healthy places for our children to grow up in whilst providing attractive areas for businesses to invest in. The partnership wants to make a difference and show we have confidence in our region’s future.”

Cllr. Anne Hawkesworth, Bradford Council's Executive Member for Environment and Culture, said: 

"We are committed to creating places throughout Bradford and the district that people are proud of and places where people want to live, work and play and this scheme is part of this commitment.

"Lister Mill is an incredibly important landmark and part of Bradford's history and this project will connect the mill and our wonderful Lister Park for the local community."

Projects to be delivered under the Green Infrastructure programme include:

New community woodlands in Calderdale, Bradford and Wakefield

A business plan for a community park in the Aire Valley

Greening the link between Manningham Mills and Lister Park

Recruitment of an officer to work with local authorities and landowners across West Yorkshire to help them identify economic opportunities, particularly woodfuel from their woodlands

Notes to editors:

  1. Over the past year, Yorkshire Forward has created and safeguarded more than 25,456 new jobs; helped create and attract more than 1231 new businesses, assisted 35,165 people in skills, and helped 11,217 people to get jobs - achieving or exceeding all of the targets it was set.
  2. Yorkshire Forward’s investment across the region is maximised by attracting European Regional Development Funding from the Objective One and Two programmes and the 2007-2013 Regional Competitiveness and Employment programme.
  3. For further information, please contact Janice Crich, Press Officer, Yorkshire Forward, Tel 0113 394 9715; e-mail or Fax 0113 243 1088.