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Urban Oasis

Groundwork North, East & West Yorkshire have been working in partnership with Mears since 2013 (one of the UK’s leading housing and social care providers to the public & private sector) running a programme of activities known as Urban Oasis.

The project aims to create stronger communities in Leeds by offering practical environmental activities that inspire communities to help make their local areas greener and nicer places to live, and in turn tackle issues within the areas they work.

The Urban Oasis project encourages people to improve their physical and mental wellbeing by joining in campaigns such as Go Wild - a scheme aimed at tacking a wide range of challenges faced by families, especially during the long summer holidays.

It is widely recognised that this particular duration can be hard for families - both financially and socially. The scheme aims to address these barriers by offering a variety of exciting outdoor sessions that encourage families to explore their local green spaces & enjoy a free healthy lunch. During the session families can also be given advice about meal planning, budgeting and signposted to services that offer further support, specific to their needs.

Following on from the success of previous years, Mears and Groundwork were delighted to run a series of summer holiday sessions throughout July and August, in the following locations:


Every Monday at Bramley Park

Every Tuesday at Bramley Falls Park

Every Wednesday & Thursday at Killingbeck Pond

Every Friday at Rothwell Springhead Park

Sessions ran from 10am until 12pm & 1pm until 3pm


Family activities included:

  • Den building
  • Mini beast hunts and beck dipping
  • Interview with a tree
  • Sports and games
  • Environmental crafts and much more...


Thank you to everyone who attended and made the events so successful! We're hoping to have many more Go Wild! sessions in the future so keep you eyes peeled for updates!


The partnership with Mears has also seen us work with a number of schools over the years to offer young children the chance to become Urban Rangers.

This environmental youth work programme encourages children to make a positive contribution to their communities, while undertaking activities that focus on improving and promoting use of local green spaces.

Urban Rangers is delivered out of the Marlborough Street estate in central Leeds, the Hemmingways estate in Hunslet, Clydes Estate in New Wortley, Cottingley Primary School in South Leeds and John O Gaunts estate in Rothwell.

The project is also newly running in an area of Bramley, with young people actively looking at issues on the Fairfields estate and helping to suggest solutions to some of the problems identified. Their findings have been invaluable and shared as feedback to multi agency meetings attended by officers and councillors working in this area.

In response to the project the young people have created a display in their school and designed posters which they hope to have converted into bin stickers, encouraging local people to keep Bramley clean and tidy by disposing of their litter responsibly. The project networks closely with housing officers, local ward councilors and tenant and residents’ group's to identify issues in these areas and find ways to address them.

Urban Oasis is being funded by Mears (who repair and maintain homes on behalf of Housing Leeds) and  delivered by Groundwork North, East & West Yorkshire.

Want to know more? Contact Nicola Ramsden on:
Tel: 0794 465 7419 /

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