Kirkstall Valley Nature Reserve

The 25.5 acre reserve is managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and comprises wild flower meadows, wild orchard, young woodland, scrubland and ponds. In addition the reserve includes a 7.5 acre island in the river Aire

Kirkstall power station originally stood on the site and closed in 1976, but it was not until 1992 that the reserve was opened. The project was a joint venture between the former Leeds Development Corporation, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, EYE on the Aire and the Kirkstall Valley Campaign with Gridco providing the licence for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to occupy the land.

The idyllic route into the nature reserve from Redcote Lane

The nature reserve contains a number of habitats for wildlife including ponds

One of the  apple trees in the wild orchard located deep within the nature reserve

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