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This accessibility statement applies to content published on domain.

This website is run by Leeds City Council, Parks and Countryside Service. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • Change colours, contrast levels, and fonts using browser extensions
  • Use this website on most modern browsers and devices
  • Navigate most of the website using only a keyboard
  • Navigate most of the website using a screen reader
  • Zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • some parts of our website do not have sufficient colour contrast between the text and background colour
  • the order of our headings is not logical
  • focus styling is not prominent for some elements

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format email and tell us:

  • the web address (URL) of the content
  • your name and email address
  • the format you need, for example, audio CD, braille, BSL or large print, accessible PDF

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If you find any problems that are not listed on this page or you think we’re not meeting the accessibility requirements, email

Enforcement procedure

If you contact us with a complaint and you’re not happy with our response contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’)

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Leeds City Council Parks and Countryside Service is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. The non-compliances are listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Skip to content link

The skip to content link is not easy for users to read as it overlaps other content due to the background being transparent. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum) – Level AA.

Homepage slider

On the homepage is a slider to promote different events. There is no focus styling on the slider arrows which makes it hard for keyboard only users to know if they are interacting with the slider. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 2.4.8 Focus Visible – Level AA.

As the slider auto scrolls it should have a mechanism to pause and restart. At the moment there is no way to stop the auto scrolling from happening. This fails 2.1 success criteria 2.2.2 Pause, Stop, Hide – Level A.

Colour contrast

Some text on our website doesn’t have enough colour contrast against the background colour behind it. This can make the text hard to read for users with low vision or colour blindness. Some areas affected are:


  • The hover colour of “The Arium, Thorner Lane, Whinmoor, LS14 3FB” (255,255,255,.7) against the green background (#0E6D41)
  • The hover colour of the top level navigation such as Home, Plan Your Visit and about us (14,109,65,.7) etc. against the white background (#ffffff)
  • The hover colour of Facebook and Instagram (139, 207, 88, .7) against the green background (#0E6D41)


  • Grey text (#a4a4a4) “Plan your visit to the Arium” and “The shop” against a white background (#ffffff)
  • White heading text (#ffffff)“Family activities”, “Location and opening hours” and “Wholesale plants” against a light green background (#98cb3e) and white paragraph text below each of these

Multiple pages

  • Grey text (#a4a4a4) “The shop” against a white background (#ffffff). Appears on homepage and opening times as well as other pages.
  • Green link “View our menu” (#41b946) on the Café page against a white background (#ffffff)

This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.4.3 Contrast (minimum) (A).

Link text

Users should be able to understand where a link is going to take them without the need to read surrounding text. Some links on our website are vague, duplicated and too lengthy. This fails WCAG 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context) – Level A.


Some images on our website are missing alternative text or haven’t being marked as decorative. Alternative text is used to describe the purpose of the image to visitors who are unable to see them. This can include screen readers and browsers that block images.

If an image is purely decorative then an alt tag should be included but left empty. This allows assistive technology to understand the image is there for decorative purposes. If an image serves a purpose (such as explaining what an entrance of a building looks like) then we must include descriptive alternative text.

Some of the images affected are:

  • Decorative images on the homepage include alternative text

This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.1.1 Non-text Content – Level A.

Images of text

Some images on our website are images which include text. The text cannot be read by screen reader users and it also stops users from being able to change font, font size, line height and letter spacing. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.4.5 Images of text – Level AA.

Drop down content

When a user selects some dropdown content (accordions) on our website the change is not announced to screen reader users. This is apparent on the FAQs page. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value – level A.

Required form fields

We are using asterisk to highlight required fields on the website but we haven’t provided any instructions informing users of this. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 3.3.2 Labels or Instructions – Level A.

Disproportionate burden

Not applicable.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Not applicable.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 16/12/2020. It was last reviewed on 16/12/2020.

This website was last tested on the July 2020. The test was carried out by the Web Design Team at Leeds City Council.

The Web Design Team tested a selection of pages, ensuring those tested reflected the variety of different page layouts used on our website.

The pages we tested were:

  • Homepage
  • Find us
  • Opening times
  • FAQs
  • Café
  • Playground
  • Contact