In May, the first natural management facility of its kind in the UK opened at the Brownlee Triathlon Centre.
It will reduce flood risk in the area and make it more resilient to the impact of climate change.
Some of the measures include the planting of 5,000 tress, creating leaky barriers, installing a balancing pond and wetland areas, and improving the drainage which helps to slow the flow of water and increase flood resilience in the area.
James Wright from Estates and Facilities, whose team supported the construction and planting phases, liaising with academic colleagues to coordinate soil sampling, said:
“As well as helping to reduce flood risk, this fantastic new development provides a ‘living lab’ for research and teaching at the University of Leeds and contributes to the understanding of flood management at a national level.”
“The trees act as a shield to stop and slow rainfall before it reaches the ground and increase carbon capture and storage capacity, providing valuable habitats for local wildlife.”
“The University is working towards a Net Zero by 2030 campus.
Michael Howroyd, Sustainability Projects Officer at the University of Leeds, added:
“The site at Bodington Fields will be invaluable to academics and students, providing hands on research opportunities and data, whilst also providing benefits for local residents, biodiversity and climate.”
“The project is a fantastic example of how collaboration across stakeholders can make use of University land for world class research and teaching, which will have an impact across the wider city region and beyond.”
Find out more about the Sustainability service at the University of Leeds.