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Leeds Parks Project

The Leeds Parks Project is examining public parks in Leeds, from the Victorian era to the present day. The project aims to understand better the history of parks in Leeds, helping to sustain and support parks for the future.


The Leeds Parks Project is a collaboration between the Leeds Social Sciences Institute and the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Leeds, together with the University of Bradford and Leeds City Council.

The researchers also want to investigate the ways that people use and experience parks in Leeds – you can contribute your views by completing the project survey here.

The project team are also looking for historic photographs of all Leeds parks up until World War II, as well as contemporary photos that reflect experiences of different aspects of three specific parks in Leeds: Cross Flatts Park, Roundhay Park and Woodhouse Moor. The team are particularly interested in photos that depict parks as spaces of social mixing, or that tie into people’s expectations of, and hopes for, parks in the future. You can upload your photos via the project website here.

Find out more at the project website: or follow the project on Twitter @leedsparksstudy.

Research area:

Green Space