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Kirkstall: Historic monument grounds seek friendship*

7 March 2019

A public meeting later this month is set to officially set up a Friends of Kirkstall Abbey group. Kirkstall resident Jim Corah has the details:

Following on from the successful gathering in January to discuss how Leeds City Council can collaborate with the community to look after Kirkstall Abbey grounds, Cllr Fiona Venner has organised a meeting to set up a Friends of Kirkstall Abbey group.

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The top of Kirkstall Abbey pokes out from behind the trees. Photo: MARK STEVENSON

During the meeting in January, an officer from Leeds City Council suggested that such a group would help plan and direct the work LCC staff could do to improve and care for Kirkstall Abbey Grounds.

While there will be volunteering opportunities to get involved with the Grounds’s mud and soil and flowers and trees, it is likely the Council will be able to do more work frequently.

Cllr Venner has arranged the first meeting of the Friends of Kirkstall Abbey for 7pm on Tuesday 26th March 2019 at Kirkstall Leisure Centre.

One of the suggestions that came out of the meeting was restoring the bandstand in the grounds. This would allow for Kirkstall Abbey to be included in the summer brass band concerts. Another intention would be to tend the medicinal garden behind the Abbey House Museum.

While there is much interest in looking after Kirkstall Abbey Grounds in the neighbouring community, establishing a Friends of Kirkstall Abbey group may attract members from across Leeds and West Yorkshire. The Abbey has a special place in many people’s hearts.

*Good sense of humour and desire to improve the community essential.

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