Green corridor to carve up the grey industrial heartland of Leeds

A green corridor of trees, flowers and meadowland is being carved through the core of one Britain's most industrial cities.

The first phase of the urban gardening campaign south of Leeds will green a route that takes walkers into the city centre and turn derelict areas into landscaped pockets.

Environmental improvements include planting of plane and ornamental pear trees and sowing wild flower meadows at five locations around the Holbeck area.

New lighting will also be introduced along part of the route, funded by the City Council and Yorkshire Forward regional development agency.

Green Estate, a Sheffield-based social enterprise company, is to undertake the first phase of the Green Corridor landscape improvements.

"Green Estate aims to bring neglected inner-city areas back to life and make the green environment a valued and productive asset," said a representative.

"Some of the meadowing is temporary, but it is hoped it will set a precedent for future development."

The first phase of the development is already underway involving demolition of un-listed areas and making way for an public spaces that may be planted with reeds and bullrushes.

Meanwhile two nearby apartment blocks offer roof terraces with a "sky garden" decked with sheds, hammocks and plants 21 storeys high.

Leanne Buchan, a marketing officer at Leeds City Council said: "The Green Corridor project will help reconnect the communities of Beeston and Holbeck to the city centre.

"We hope that the ‘greening' will help to transform the south side of the city centre so that residents and workers alike can enjoy the area."

David Custance, assistant director of urban renaissance at Yorkshire Forward, said: "These projects will transform the route from Holbeck into the city centre."

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