Skelton Grange Environment Centre

Skelton Grange Environment Centre
Skelton Grange Road
Leeds
North Yorkshire
LS10 1RS
England

Website

http://www.tcv.org.uk/skeltongrange

https://www.facebook.com/SkeltonGrangeEnvironmentCentre

https://twitter.com/SkeltonGrange

E-mail

skelton@tcv.org.uk

Telephone

0113 2430815

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Skelton Grange Environment Centre
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The Conservation Volunteers charity welcomes people of all ages to learn, volunteer and play in the natural environment at our award winning eco-centre and nature area in Leeds. We offer great educational visits for schools and groups, support people to volunteer in conservation and education, and run lots of training and fun events for kids, adults, teachers and families. Join in, feel good!

Venue Type:

Environmental or ecological centre

Opening hours

Please check before visiting.

Admission charges

Please check before visiting.

Getting there

By Bus:

Buses from Leeds City Bus Station, stand 6: 189, 410

Buses from stop just outside Leeds City Bus Station (York Street): 167, 168

Ask for Queen Street. The stop is a short distance down Pontefract Road after the one outside the BP garage. Once off the bus, turn left up Skelton Grange Rd at Harsco and walk 1/2 km over the canal and river. At the end of the road turn left, and the Environment Centre is on your right.
Buses from Leeds City Bus Station, stand 9: 110

Ask for the Queen's Hotel, the stop by Queen Street.

Once off the bus, turn left down Queen Street. At the bottom make a right and then an immediate left down Skelton Grange Road and walk 1/2 km over the canal and river. At the end of the road turn left, and the Environment Centre is on your right.

By Train:

The nearest station is Leeds Rail Station in Leeds city centre.

Taxis: from just outside the station's main entrance.

Buses: from the station's main entrance, cross over two pedestrian crossings to the bus stops outside the Leeds Shopping Plaza on Boar Lane. Buses 167 or 168. Or follow the pedestrian signs to 'Corn Exchange', then 'Bus Station'. Buses as above.

For details about buses and trains in West Yorkshire visit www.wymetro.com or call MetroLine on 0113 2457676

Cycle:

From Leeds city centre follow the signs to the Royal Armouries. At the Royal Armouries join the canal towpath, part of the Trans-Pennine Trail.

After the container park, carry on to just past Thwaite Mills Museum.

The towpath will pass a pylon just before a high concrete arch bridge. Come up on to the bridge. Turn left, and go over the bridge to the end of the road. Turn left at the T-Junction and the Environment Centre is on your right.

By Road:

From the M621

Turn off at Junction 7 out on to the A61 roundabout.

Take the exit signposted to 'Leeds/Hunslet A61'. Take the first right, down Queen St, near the Jet garage. At the bottom of Queen St, turn right, then left at the traffic lights on to Skelton Grange Rd. Drive straight on to the private section of the road, over the bridge across the canal and river. Turn left here and then our entrance road is a short distance along on the right.

Once across the bridge the carpark is ahead of you - turn right and use the gated entrance. Inside the gate turn left and drive to the far end to park, there is a pedestrian gate that leads through to our building.

From Leeds City Centre

Head out of Leeds on the A61, towards Hunslet and Rothwell.

About 5 km from the City Centre, by a Skoda garage, the A61 bears sharply to the right towards the M621. Turn straight/left here on to the B6481 towards Rothwell. At the first set of traffic lights, turn left on to Skelton Grange Rd.

Drive straight on to the private section of the road, over the bridge across the canal and river. Turn left here and then our entrance road is a short distance along on the right.
From the North on the A1(M)

Come down past Wetherby on the A1(M), and keep going onto the M1. Come off at J44 of the M1. Turn right at the roundabout and go over the motorway, go straight over the 2nd roundabout (signposted Stourton B6481). Keep going, and eventually you'll get to Arnold Laver on the left at some traffic lights. Turn right here onto Skelton Grange Road, then follow the directions above
From the South on the M1

At Junction 43 filter onto the M621 and come off at Junction 7. Follow 'From the M621' directions above.
From the West on the M62

At Junction 27, filter onto the M621 and come off at Junction 7. Follow 'From the M621' directions above.

Note: Our car park is too small to cater for large meetings and events, in which case we use the National Grid car park. Once across the bridge the carpark is ahead of you - turn right and use the gated entrance. Inside the gate turn left and drive to the far end to park, there is a pedestrian gate that leads through to our building.

Additional info

The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange in Leeds have long recognised that looking after green places isn't only about caring for nature, but about caring for people as well.

Since 1992, we have used the natural environment to offer a range of education, job skills and recreation opportunities for people of all ages. Skelton Grange welcomes over 5000 people a year to take part in environmental education and play activities, and supports adult trainees and volunteers to lead education sessions and conservation and biodiversity projects. This enables them to widen their experience & aspirations, reduce social exclusion and build confidence, develop skills for further training or employment, and partake in positive activities which promote lifelong learning and cohesive communities.

Very simply, every year we engage thousands of people of all ages with their local environment where they make a positive difference to their community.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Bushcraft Adventure with Skelton Grange (for 8-12 yrs)

  • 9 April 2015 10am-4pm
  • 16 April 2015 10am-4pm
  • 28 May 2015 10am-4pm
  • 22 — 23 July 2015 10am-4pm

Bushcraft adventure days at Skelton Grange. Want to come and join in the fun?

Then come and set up camp and spend your day in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts and environmental games! We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit. Past Bushcraft events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-12 year olds:

The cost per child for the day is £20 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."

"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£20 per child

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bushcraft-adventure-with-skelton-grange-for-8-12-yrs-tickets-15191128073

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2015 INSET / CPD days for teachers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre

  • 10 March 2015 9:30am-4pm
  • 16 March 2015 9:30am-4pm
  • 25 April 2015 9:30am-4pm
  • 7 May 2015 9:30am-4pm

Training courses for teachers in 2015 at Skelton Grange Environment Centre

Cost £105 per person plus VAT, including lunch. All courses 9.30am – 4pm

All courses are run by qualified teachers or experienced environmental educators with extensive of experience of working with children and delivering engaging training courses. These INSET training opportunities have been designed and adapted in response to feedback given by primary school teachers whilst visiting Skelton Grange Environment Centre.

Do you want training for all your staff?
We will happily run any of these courses just for your school – cost £700 + VAT!
Or £500 + VAT for a 2.5 hour after-school twilight session (March – Oct are the best months).

Environmental Games and Activities – Tues 10th March 2015
The natural environment is a superb learning environment, and this practical course will give you lots of innovative ideas for games and activities which will engage and inspire children about the natural world, and will also support delivery of the national curriculum. The activities, suitable for 3-11 year olds, utilise easily available resources and have been tried and tested by us and children over 20 years! At the end of the day you’ll have made your own back pocket games book, ready to take your teaching outside.

Making the Most of the School Grounds – Mon 16th March 2015
This day will give staff from primary schools, nurseries and children’s centres guidance, inspiration and practical support to develop outdoor learning opportunities. We’ll guide you through growing vegetables with children and introduce you to fun, hands on, creative and curriculum linked outdoor activities suitable for 3-11 year olds, based around the vegetable garden and wider school grounds.

Raising Standards by taking Literacy and Numeracy Outdoors - Thurs 19th March 2015
This course will help primary teachers use the natural environment to teach aspects of the core literacy and numeracy curriculum. It is a practical day covering a range of outdoor activities to engage children in active learning including activities to teach time, number bonds, area, shape, fractions and how to use the natural environment as an inspiration for story building and telling, poetry, descriptive writing, vocabulary development and even punctuation!

Nature Play for Early Years – Thurs 7th May 2015
Outdoor play is a statutory requirement in Early Years and Nature Play, playing in and with nature, is a crucial element of this. We cover the benefits of nature play and how to manage risk, and then run through loads of ideas for activities and games that will enable you to confidently encourage children to explore, discover and learn in their natural environment.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Cost £105 per person plus VAT, including lunch. All courses 9.30am – 4pm

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-conservation-volunteers-at-skelton-grange-4643686849

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Lino Printing with Annie Russell

  • 28 March 2015 12-4pm

Annie Russell's Lino prints are simply spectacular and so we are delighted to welcome her to Skelton Grange Environment Centre to lead a workshop for us! During the day you will learn to create a lino print of your own and all materials and tools will be provided.

"My work is largely figurative, drawing a lot of inspiration from nature and also from other hobbies, like gardening and woodwork. I favour woodcuts and linocuts,because I love the way that these techniques combine practical craft, planning, creativity and composition. I love the physical process of carving a piece of lino or wood." Annie Russell

Feedback from our other workshops :

"A wonderfully creative and relaxing day in great company and in a beautiful eco centre and nature reserve environment."

And to see examples of Annie's beautiful work on her website, please see

http://annierussellprints.blogspot.co.uk

You will need to bring your own lunch, but tea, coffee and other refreshments will be provided. You can book via eventbrite or our website where you can also check out other exciting workshops we are planning.

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£30 including materials and refreshments.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lino-printing-with-annie-russell-tickets-15436344522

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Wild Food Walk & Gourmet Meal at Skelton Grange

  • 18 April 2015 11am-4pm
  • 27 June 2015 11am-4pm

Wild leaf salad with a fruit vinaigrette dressing, accompanied by home baked nettle seed bread and followed by elderberry and almond tart anybody?

Craig Worrall of Edible Leeds will be leading a Wild Food Walk around Skelton Grange Environment Centre’s beautiful wildlife area. You will get to learn so much about the opportunities that nature offers us for free, and enjoy a wealth of natural gourmet food! Craig's courses with us are very popular, so do book soon...

Craig will pre-prepare some delicious food items to share with you as well as the foragings from the event, and has promised to bring in a selection of homemade jams, jellies, pickles and drinks.

The event will be from 11am-4pm and include time for food and socialising.

Cost £50 per adult, £10 for under 16's.

You can book via eventbrite or our website where you can also check out other exciting workshops we are planning.

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult for all events.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost £50 per adult, £10 for under 16's.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spring-wild-food-walk-gourmet-meal-at-skelton-grange-tickets-14942883567

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Special Bushcraft Event at Skelton Grange (adults & 14+)

  • 6 June 2015 10am-4pm

Bushcraft adventure at Skelton Grange

Be Bear Grylls for a day! Learn knife and saw skills by making cooking devices, how to light fires and identify plants on a walk around the Skelton Grange site and hone your tracking skills through games.

The cost per adult for the day is £50 and £30 for 14-18yrs, and includes a day of outdoor bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."

"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment."

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

The cost per adult for the day is £50 and £30 for 14-18yrs, and includes a day of outdoor bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/special-bushcraft-event-at-skelton-grange-adults-14-tickets-15438026553

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Willow workshops with Phil Bradley at Skelton Grange

  • 13 June 2015 10am-4pm
  • 16 September 2015 10am-4pm

Master Willow Weaver Phil Bradley's reputation as an excellent teacher and craftsman has made him much in demand, so we are really pleased to welcome him back to Skelton Grange Environment Centre for another willow weaving and sculpture course. During the day you will learn to create a willow sculpture of your own and all materials and tools will be provided.

Feedback from last time :

A wonderfully creative and relaxing day in great company and in a beautiful eco centre and nature reserve environment. My willow hare now stands proudly in my garden - making me smile every morning when I look out! Thank you so much Phil and the welcoming team at Skelton Grange - when is the next course??!!

When not teaching, creating, demonstating or weaving baskets, Phil manages and harvests his own organic willowbeds near Cockermouth

You will need to bring your own lunch, but tea, coffee and other refreshments will be provided. You can book via eventbrite or visit our website where you can also check out other exciting workshops we are planning.

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£65.00

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-conservation-volunteers-at-skelton-grange-4643686849

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Wire bird workshop with Chris Moss at Skelton Grange

  • 4 July 2015 10am-4pm

Having admired the work of Yorkshire wire sculptor Chris Moss at a number of exhibitions over the years, we are thrilled to welcome her to Skelton Grange Environment Centre to lead a workshop for us! During the day you will learn to create a wire sculpture of your very own such as a duck or chicken, and all materials and tools will be provided.

Feedback from our other workshops :


A wonderfully creative and relaxing day in great company and in a beautiful eco centre and nature reserve environment.

And to see examples of Chris's beautiful work on her website, please see www.chrismossart.co.uk

The workshop date is Saturday 4th July at Skelton Grange, 10am-4pm. You will need to bring your own lunch, but tea, coffee and other refreshments will be provided. You can book via eventbrite or our website where you can also check out other exciting workshops we are planning.

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

£65.00

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wire-bird-workshop-with-chris-moss-at-skelton-grange-tickets-15436066691

Getting there

By Bus:

Buses from Leeds City Bus Station, stand 6: 189, 410

Buses from stop just outside Leeds City Bus Station (York Street): 167, 168

Ask for Queen Street. The stop is a short distance down Pontefract Road after the one outside the BP garage. Once off the bus, turn left up Skelton Grange Rd at Harsco and walk 1/2 km over the canal and river. At the end of the road turn left, and the Environment Centre is on your right.
Buses from Leeds City Bus Station, stand 9: 110

Ask for the Queen's Hotel, the stop by Queen Street.

Once off the bus, turn left down Queen Street. At the bottom make a right and then an immediate left down Skelton Grange Road and walk 1/2 km over the canal and river. At the end of the road turn left, and the Environment Centre is on your right.

By Train:

The nearest station is Leeds Rail Station in Leeds city centre.

Taxis: from just outside the station's main entrance.

Buses: from the station's main entrance, cross over two pedestrian crossings to the bus stops outside the Leeds Shopping Plaza on Boar Lane. Buses 167 or 168. Or follow the pedestrian signs to 'Corn Exchange', then 'Bus Station'. Buses as above.

For details about buses and trains in West Yorkshire visit www.wymetro.com or call MetroLine on 0113 2457676

Cycle:

From Leeds city centre follow the signs to the Royal Armouries. At the Royal Armouries join the canal towpath, part of the Trans-Pennine Trail.

After the container park, carry on to just past Thwaite Mills Museum.

The towpath will pass a pylon just before a high concrete arch bridge. Come up on to the bridge. Turn left, and go over the bridge to the end of the road. Turn left at the T-Junction and the Environment Centre is on your right.

By Road:

From the M621

Turn off at Junction 7 out on to the A61 roundabout.

Take the exit signposted to 'Leeds/Hunslet A61'. Take the first right, down Queen St, near the Jet garage. At the bottom of Queen St, turn right, then left at the traffic lights on to Skelton Grange Rd. Drive straight on to the private section of the road, over the bridge across the canal and river. Turn left here and then our entrance road is a short distance along on the right.

Once across the bridge the carpark is ahead of you - turn right and use the gated entrance. Inside the gate turn left and drive to the far end to park, there is a pedestrian gate that leads through to our building.

From Leeds City Centre

Head out of Leeds on the A61, towards Hunslet and Rothwell.

About 5 km from the City Centre, by a Skoda garage, the A61 bears sharply to the right towards the M621. Turn straight/left here on to the B6481 towards Rothwell. At the first set of traffic lights, turn left on to Skelton Grange Rd.

Drive straight on to the private section of the road, over the bridge across the canal and river. Turn left here and then our entrance road is a short distance along on the right.
From the North on the A1(M)

Come down past Wetherby on the A1(M), and keep going onto the M1. Come off at J44 of the M1. Turn right at the roundabout and go over the motorway, go straight over the 2nd roundabout (signposted Stourton B6481). Keep going, and eventually you'll get to Arnold Laver on the left at some traffic lights. Turn right here onto Skelton Grange Road, then follow the directions above
From the South on the M1

At Junction 43 filter onto the M621 and come off at Junction 7. Follow 'From the M621' directions above.
From the West on the M62

At Junction 27, filter onto the M621 and come off at Junction 7. Follow 'From the M621' directions above.

Note: Our car park is too small to cater for large meetings and events, in which case we use the National Grid car park. Once across the bridge the carpark is ahead of you - turn right and use the gated entrance. Inside the gate turn left and drive to the far end to park, there is a pedestrian gate that leads through to our building.

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