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What's New Archive for 2004

14th November 2004
Lord Mayor to Open Our Completed Footpath

Come and help us celebrate the conclusion of 5 years' hard work when the Lord Mayor of Leeds declares the footpath between Gledhow Lane and Allerton Grange Way officially open.

The ceremony will take place on Saturday 27th November at 2pm.

1st August 2004
Thank You to Kurt Hannon

We would just like to say a big 'thank you' to Kurt Hannon, who offered his professional shredding services for free at a recent Action Morning. Kurt brought his shredder and worked very hard all day but would accept no payment for his time as he wanted to 'do his bit' for the woods.

Kurt runs a business called "Tree and Hedge Service", and undertakes all manner of garden clearance work with his trusty monster shredder. He can be contacted on (0113) 249 4454 or (0113) 262 3359.

31st May 2004
Family Funday 2004 a Great Success

This year's Family Funday was the most successful one yet, with an estimated 600 people attending on what was (for once) a beautiful sunny day. A big thanks is due to all the FGVW Core Group and other volunteers who helped organise and run the event; to all the local shops and businesses that generously donated prizes for the Grand Raffle; to everyone who helped by donating home-made refreshments; to Tesco for providing extremely nice doughnuts, cookies and drinks; to the hundreds of people who came to visit; and especially to FGVW Chair Martin Calvert who brought it all together.

Photos from the day are now available in the Events Gallery, and there's also a 360 degree panoramic image showing the event in full swing, plus the results of the Wildlife Quiz.

30th May 2004
Site Update

The Guest Galleries section of the site has the following two additions:

The Take a Virtual Tour page has been updated with two new 360 degree panoramas - one of the 2004 Family Funday and one of the woodland paths near the Bath House.

More path construction was carried out in the Woods on the Action Morning held 20th March 2004. Despite the wet weather a determined group of children and grown-ups moved mountains of gravel to create a whole new section of path. To see some pictures from the day and find out more about what went on, please see the 20-03-2004 Action Day page in the Events Gallery section.

17th May 2004
Family Funday Next Weekend!

Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods invite you to their 5th Annual Family Funday

Date & Time:

  • Saturday May 22nd 2004 (1.30pm - 4.30pm)


  • Grassland area adjacent to Gledhow Valley Road and Allerton Grange Way.

Come along and enjoy all the activities, learn about the woods, the Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods, and other local community groups.

Activities include:

  • Marquees with community displays, live bands, hand-bell ringers, home-made refreshments.
  • Circus skills workshop, face painting, "Daftasadrum" drum workshop, parachute games.
  • Build a bird box or bat box, create your own "meadow in a pot", decorate a t-shirt, make pottery.
  • See some "mini beasts", bees, birds of prey and other wildlife guests.
  • Find out what the Friends are doing to enhance your local woodland and calm traffic.
  • Grand raffle with over £350 worth of prizes.
  • Much more...!

Have a look in the Events Gallery to find out what happened at last year's Family Funday.

13th March 2004
FGVW Web Site is an Award Winner!

The results of GreenSpace Online's national Community Group Web Site Competition have been announced... the Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods site achieved second place.

We would like to say a big 'thank you' to everyone who voted for the site.

The GreenSpace press release stated...

"GreenSpace has announced the winner of its online competition to find the best community group web site in the country. The competition received over 500 votes via the GreenSpace online web site and has been central to increasing awareness of the growing number of community group web sites that have been developed over the last twelve months.

Friends of General Cemetery, a Sheffield based community group, impressed with their attractive and user-friendly web site, which contains fascinating information about the history, architecture and residents of the cemetery.

Friends of General Cemetery will receive a year's free GreenSpace membership and a full set of publications worth £200.00. Their web site will also be publicised in April's edition of Spaces&Places - GreenSpace's subscription magazine.

Competition runners-up were the Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods, a community group based in Leeds, whose professional-looking web site is packed full of useful and interesting information.

Shortlisted web sites included Friends of Roundhay Park, Friends of Dukes Meadow and Abney Park Trust.

Research undertaken by GreenSpace indicates that community groups in this sector are increasingly using web sites to communicate their vital work and attract volunteers. Over 10% of parks and green space based community groups have now developed an online presence.

Finbar Mulholland, GreenSpace's web site Co-ordinator, commented:

'we were very impressed by the quality of web sites nominated for this competition. Hopefully this will encourage other groups to set up their own web sites and will be essential to help groups to network with one another, solve common problems and promote a stronger and more united voluntary green space sector.'

This competition originated out of the success of GreenSpace's recent online publication, 'How to build a web site, a community group guide'. This guide follows a practical step-by-step approach to developing a web site and is available to download free from the GreenSpace Online web site."

24th February 2004
Autumn in the Woods

A selection of photographs of Autumn in the woods by Joanne Greenhalgh has now been added to the Guest Galleries section of the site.

22nd February 2004
New Benches Installed in the Woods

Three brand new wooden benches have now been installed in the Gledhow Lake area of the Woods The benches were bought with part of the Green Leeds funding obtained by the Friends Group, and they were installed on the Action Morning held 22nd February 2004. Councillors Brenda Lancaster and Richard Harker, who both regularly attend FGVW Action Mornings and events, were present and helped with the bench installation. Some general tree trimming, drainage channel clearing, and litter collection also took place on what turned out to be a very busy and successful day.

To see some pictures from the day and find out more about what went on, please see the 22-02-2004 Action Day page in the Events Gallery section.

9th February 2004
Walking the Way to Health in the Woods

"Walking the Way to Health" is a joint initiative of the British Heart Research Foundation and the Countryside Agency, with further funding from the New Opportunities Fund and sponsorship from Kia Cars. The initiative started in England in October 2000 and will run for five years in the first instance.

The initiative aims to get more people walking within their communities, especially people who take little exercise or live in areas of poor health. The initiative does not target a certain type of person or age range; it is for all members of the community. Many of the people who participate on lead walks are elderly, and take part due to deteriorating health or advice from their doctor and because walking does not require any special equipment and can be done at the pace of the individual.

It is hoped that future walks will be organised to take place in Gledhow Valley Woods, following routes planned with the help of the Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods group.

If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer walker, there is a free 1 day training course which allows people to become volunteer walk leaders. The next training course is on 26th February 2004, from 10am-4pm, at the Meeting Room, 3rd Floor, Leeds Central Library, Claverley Street, Leeds, LS1 3AB. The training is free for volunteers, and refreshments are provided on the day. Please contact Jess (the Walking the Way to Health Development Worker at the Feel Good Factor on Chapeltown Road) as soon as possible at the address below so that they know how many places to book.

Walking The Way To Health
Feel Food Factor
c/o Unity Housing Association
113-117 Chapeltown Road
Leeds LS7 3HY

Tel: 0113 2007745
Fax: 0113 2007701

18th January 2004
FGVW Web Site Nominated For National Award

In November 2003, GreenSpace Online launched a national competition to find the best parks and green space community group web site. The Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods site was nominated along with those from community groups all around the country, and has now made it to a shortlist of the top five.

We now need your help! If you think we deserve to win, please...

visit the GreenSpace Online web site and vote for the FGVW site

By voting you will have a chance of winning either a copy of GreenSpace's publications or a year's free membership of GreenSpace.

Voting closes on noon 27th February 2004.

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