Where We Go
Woodhouse Ridge (The Ridge)
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Resident Action Group: Woodhouse Ridge Action Group
Located just 10 minutes from the University campus, Woodhouse Ridge is one of the few remaining woodland areas of the ancient manor of Leeds. Originally an Edwardian/Victorian parkland, it was expanded in 1901 to include Batty's Wood - an Oak and Ash forest that can be dated back to at least 1781. It also forms a part of the Leeds link connection to the Dales Way, an 84 mile (135 km) footpath from Ilkely, West Yorkshire to Bowness-on-Windemere, Cumbria.
In the past, the ridge had large areas of moorland, spectacular views of Meanwood Valley, and several public amenities, such as the Bandstand. Despite surviving urbanisation due to it's steep slopes, time has not been kind to the ridge, with loss of council funding and industrial tipping among its troubles. This led to the formation of the Woodhouse Ridge Action Group (WRAG) in 1995, who aim to help maintain the woodland with both conservation and public use in mind. Tasks with WRAG are the last Sunday of each month, and can involve anything from footpath maintenance to invasive species removal (i.e. Sycamores).
We have also been designated a small area of the ridge to look after, where we hold our Wednesday (and sometimes Sunday) tasks. In the past, we have done various activities here, such as planting oak saplings, step building, and pond maintenance.
We also help with local action groups in Leeds such as in friends of the Hollies, friends of Gledow Valley Wood, Otley Chevin...