Transforming Meanwood into Greenwood!

Can you help us turn Meanwood into Greenwood?

We are an enthusiastic group of local people who want to help transform Meanwood into a green, sustainable, healthy place to live. It’s time we addressed our contribution to the climate crisis - and we need your help. Thinking Global: As part of the 2030 Vision for Meanwood, our BIG aim is for Meanwood to become an environmentally sustainable neighbourhood with people-friendly streets and clean air, low energy homes, and eco-friendly businesses, so that everyone can enjoy a healthy life.

Acting Local:

We believe everyone can help in SMALL ways to protect our beautiful planet (see tips for individuals below).

Equally, we believe Meanwood’s businesses and organizations have a key role to play, both making their own operations environmentally friendly, and enabling individuals to lead more sustainable lives. That’s why we’ve launched a Greenwood pledge for businesses, please see the pledge on the website.

Business Engagement

We have been really fortunate to have support from Leeds University, who have provided us with two PhD students and a Masters student over the course of the past two years to really push this project on. This has also been tied to some great support from Leeds City Council, which we are hoping will really focus the next stage of project development, and offer businesses a tangible goal. We are hoping to support businesses to engage with LEP funding!

We have already had some notable successes. Local businesses Tandem, Flavour Like Fancy, Alfreds and Lightspace have all recieved their Green entry-level awards, and Tandem have started delivering their cardboard to Meanwood Valley Farm, reducing their recycling waste.

The project continues to go from strength to strength. If you are a local business and want to get involved, then please come to one of our open sessions at LightSpace. The next three are at 7 pm on Tuesday 10th January, Tuesday 7th February, Tuesday 7th March.

You can also read about the work we have already done in this brilliant report from the first phase of the project!

Small changes individuals can make to help Greenwood become a reality:


  • Make fewer journeys by car and drive slower. Try not to use a car for journeys of less than a mile (20-minute walk).
  • Change your car less frequently and consider electric or hybrid cars. Consider car-free days
  • Walk more, use the bus and train, try cycling
  • Reduce the number of flights you take in a year, ideally to zero

Buildings /Homes

  • Reduce electricity and gas usage – turn down your thermostat by 1 degree
  • Insulate your loft, floors, walls, doors, and windows
  • Sign up with a renewable energy supplier
  • Consider solar panels
  • Conserve water - take shorter showers, install a half flush on your loo
  • Wash clothes less, on a shorter cycle, and at 30 degrees C


  • Rewild your garden, wildflower seeds for pollinating insects
  • Install rainwater butts
  • Build a wildlife pond
  • Grow your own fruit and vegetables, and share produce with neighbours
  • Compost all garden and organic waste

Food consumption

  • Consume at least 50% less meat and dairy
  • Consider going vegetarian or vegan
  • Grow some of your own food
  • Reduce food waste, use up leftovers

General consumption

  • Buy fewer clothes or buy second hand, and repurpose older ones
  • Buy fewer new things – refuse, repair, recycle, renew
  • Ditch single-use plastic. Repurpose plastic
  • Look for Eco-friendly alternatives - bamboo, shampoo bars.
  • Join or start a shared Library of Things
  • Donate to and use charity shops


Every month we are going to set the people of Meanwood a green challenge- for example:

Meat Free Monday, Walk-in Wednesday, Freeze-it Friday, Share-it Saturday and we’ll encourage you to tell us how you get on.

Greenwood business pledge

Organisations and businesses have a crucial role to play transforming Meanwood into Greenwood. Sign the pledge and we’ll send you a Greenwood Mark to display in your window, and you could even become Greenwood’s business of the month!

Upcoming events

  • Meanwood Valley Partnership AGM Tuesday 27th July, join us to find out more about Greenwood and much more click here for more info
  • August Event – come and join us with an outdoors child-focused, everyone can get involved, super-fun set of activities for you, your friends and family - watch this space to find out more!

There are some local people already doing amazing things to help the planet: – offer all sorts of recycling advice – offer cleaning product refills – fixing and selling second-hand bikes – re-using second-hand school uniforms. - ready steady grow and gardening for wellbeing - your local pantry in Meanwood - local Meanwood plant swap group - campaign for plastic-free takeaways in Meanwood - litter-free Meanwood - C.R.A.P LS6


Litter Free Meanwood

Meanwood Plastic-free takeaways

Let us know any more Local Heroes doing great green things in Meanwood and we can add a link here to find out more.

Get involved!

To find out about how to get involved in transforming Meanwood into Greenwood email or visit to read the full vision.

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Love Meanwood is grateful to the following for their generous funding of our project:

the website of Meanwood Valley Partnership

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