Flowerbeds celebrating Tour de France proving to be a big hit

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Caption: (L-R)-Councillor Jack Dunn, Alison Ritchie, Clare Fisher, Moira Robinson, Ben Crawford, Kate Robinson, Emma Cooper and John Tracy (Head of TD Wealth International Europe, which includes TD Direct Investing UK).

Two flowerbeds celebrating the imminent arrival of the Tour de France are causing a stir on a main approach to the city centre.

Planted by Leeds City Council’s parks & countryside team and local business TD Direct Investing, the two bicycles shaped beds located at the bottom of Kirkstall Road, close to the inner ring road, are decorated with yellow marigolds in recognition of the forthcoming Grand Depart which is set to begin this Saturday.

Forming part of an innovative partnership between the council and TD Direct Investing, who are also sponsoring the flowerbeds, this project is another example of the fantastic work being undertaken across the city by corporate volunteers.

Councillor Jack Dunn, Leeds City Council’s lead member for the environment said:

“The two bicycle shaped flowerbeds planted by the council’s parks team and TD Direct Investing at the bottom of Kirkstall Road look absolutely fantastic and are a great example of what can be achieved through corporate volunteering.”

John Tracy, Chief Executive Officer of TD Wealth International said:

“TD Direct Investing is really pleased to support this project with Leeds City Council. Our team is incredibly passionate about the local community and the imminent arrival of Le Tour and are hugely enjoying the various support activities we are involved in.”

In 2013, 930 days of work on parks and other green spaces in Leeds were undertaken by corporate volunteers from local businesses, charities and organisations, keen to improve their local environment, through a number of means including sponsorship.

Any group, organisation, charity or business interested in sponsoring or undertaking corporate volunteering at a Leeds park, grass verge or roundabout should contact Leeds City Council’s parks and Countryside team on: (0113) 395 7400 or e-mail: parks@leeds.gov.uk for more details.

Councillor Jack Dunn, Leeds City Council’s lead member for the environment continued:

“We are very grateful to all the businesses that support the Parks and Countryside service and contribute to keeping the city green and pleasant throughout the year. We are always on the lookout for new corporate volunteering projects, and I would urge any local groups or businesses who may be interested in sponsoring or undertaking volunteer work at our parks to contact the team to see how they can get involved.”

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