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About LEAF

The Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forest (LEAF) centre at the University of Leeds brings together forest-related research and activities from across campus. LEAF links the University with external organisations, such as local authorities, charities, government departments and the media, ensuring that our research has a tangible and beneficial impact on the world’s forests and their communities.

By linking researchers across faculties, LEAF aims to strengthen existing collaborations and encourage new inter-departmental partnerships, establishing the University of Leeds as a leading national centre in forest research. LEAF hosts regular events and maintains an active online presence, providing researchers with opportunities to disseminate the findings of their work.


Undergraduate tree research placement: Paid undergraduate opportunity to understand the effects of weather on planted tree survival at Gair Wood

Pay: Placements are paid at University of Leeds Grade 3 level. Duration: 6 weeks full time starting in June/July/August Eligibility: UK citizens and people with a pre-existing right to work in the UK, undertaking their first degree (undergraduate or integrated masters) at any UK university. Accessibility: One additional placement available as ringfenced for UK Black, Asian...

Planting completed at Gair Wood!

The final tree at Gair Wood has now been planted. The pedunculate oak seedling was planted by Anna Gugan, one of the key team members behind the design and creation of the woodland. It marks the completion of work which has seen more than 60,000 trees planted since January.  Gair Wood has been planted using...

UK Treescape Fellowship awarded to study Leeds' atmosphere

A UK Treescape Fellowship has been awarded to Dr Jim Parker, an academic based at Leeds Beckett University, who will be working closely with the University of Leeds and and Leeds City Council to carry out his research. Urban treescapes can help regulate overheating and air pollution in cities. However, to reliably affect policy and...

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Pint of Science - Climate, Forests, and the importance of cell walls

An evening of natural sciences! Pint of Science brings scientific talks into public venues like pubs and cafés.

Be Curious

Be Curious Live is the University's annual research open day especially for families. LEAF will be there with activities around tree growth and planting!

Woodland creation in practice webinar

Forestry Commission Webinar, in partnership with University of Leeds and the White Rose Forest.

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