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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.


Visualising Vietnam’s Future Forest Landscapes

Large areas of forest around the world have been heavily degraded by logging, fire and hunting. Restoring degraded forests helps to slow climate change, reduces flooding and provides a home for threatened wildlife. Stronger action to restore forests is urgently needed for the benefit of people, nature and our climate. Stopping forest degradation and starting...

The Animals of Gair Wood - Research Spotlight on Alana Thornton

Since completing a successful pre-planting survey last summer at the University's new research woodland, Gair Wood, Alana Thornton has returned to the site this year for a master's research project. Over two months, Alana recorded the diversity of birds and invertebrates at Gair Wood in the first summer since the woodland was planted. Alana's research...

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...

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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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