West Leeds: Walk highlights green belt threat

Tong fulneck valley
View from The Bankhouse Pub over Fulneck/Tong valley. Photo: Simon Berry

The Save Tong Valley group is holding a walk to highlight the threat to the green belt between Pudsey and Tong. DAWN SEARY has the details…

We would like to invite everyone to join us a walk largely centered around Black Carr Woods, the oldest Ancient Woodland in the area.

We’ll start by the Bankhouse pub in Fulneck at 10am on Saturday 14th April and it will be a steady walk taking about two hours, although there are some hills involved. Children and dogs also welcome.

There’s every possibility that there will be mud in some areas, so come prepared with hiking boots or comfy wellies and suitable clothing.

We will pass through different parts of the wood and will pass the end of the Greenside Tunnel which our friends at Greenside Greenway are campaigning to re-open.

Then it’s down Tyersal Lane and towards its end we can see the new 283-house development on the ‘Leeds side’, the adjacent area in the Green Belt earmarked for the first 300 new homes on the ‘Bradford side’ and we can speculate where the proposed link road will cross our path.

On our return to Black Carr Woods from the west we will have uninterrupted views of the pastureland in the Green Belt to the south which Bradford Council would like to concrete over.

We can further speculate where the link road might start and weave its way past the woods behind Tong Garden Centre and Kit Wood in the valley.

Then a final uphill walk back at the northern end of Scholebrook Lane to return us to the start.


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