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Leeds Needs Seeds!

Through the months of September to November, seed collection boxes with accompanying interpretation will be provided in some of our local parks. People of all ages can get involved and gather seeds to be planted at the Arium.

We are looking for beech nuts, conkers, sweet chestnuts and acorns! Use our tree flyers to familiarise yourself with what they look like, and then deposit them at one of our collection points shown on our flyer. You can find our seed collection boxes at the following places in the listed parks.

  1. Temple Newsam – outside the cafe.
  2. Pudsey Park – inside the visitor’s centre – please note the opening hours are only 10am-3pm.
  3. Roundhay Park, Tropical World – inside the shop when it’s raining – outside the café when it's dry,
  4. The Arium –  main entrance to the shop.
  5. Gotts Manor Tea Rooms – go through the main entrance of the golf club and they are on your left hand side. They also provide bags if you ask behind the desk.
  6. Meanwood Park – at the café next to the car park. Please ask the café staff to access the boxes if they are not outside
  7. Middleton Park – outside the visitor’s centre, next to the door used to access the toilets.
  8. Golden Acre Park - near the entrance to the café, next to the (currently closed) motor scooter hire.
  9. Otley Chevin Country Park – picnic area next to White House Cafe.
  10. Farnley Hall – entrance to Farnley Hall building.
  11. Skelton Grange Environment Centre – the boxes are inside so please ask at reception and they will direct you.
  12. Kirkstall Abbey – to the left of the entrance to the gift shop next to the Abbey.

Our ranger team will also be running seed collection days with schools and volunteer groups, collecting a broader mix of seeds to be added to our woodland species mixes.

Growing our own

We have increased growing capacity at The Arium to help achieve our goals, with new equipment and seed collection points.

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We will make sure a suitable mix of trees, including native broad leaf species and other resilient species are planted in a way that maximises the benefits for habitat creation, wildlife and recreation, as well as helping to combat climate change.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​By locally sourcing our seeds, we are reducing the potential spread of disease from outsourcing thousands of trees from across the country. 

To find out more about our incredible plant nursery and its role in the initiative, please reference our public information pack.