Tales of the riverbank

Nine staff and student volunteers recently spent a long day helping to coppice a willow plantation at Esholt Hall on the banks of the River Aire near Rawdon.


The willow, in the grounds of the Queen Anne mansion, plays a vital role in preventing riverbank erosion between Rawdon, Yeadon and Shipley.

The University volunteers worked under the leadership of Don Vine of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.  The University is a corporate member of the Trust.  The work included the recovery and cutting to size of previously coppiced willow for use at sites on Pudsey Beck, Meanwood Beck, and Broughton Beck.  The team worked through a morning of heavy rain, but thankfully had some respite in the afternoon.

This was the tenth volunteering event held jointly by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the University.  As well as helping the local environment, these events enable the University to achieve some of its strategic sustainable development goals.

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