Joanna Dornan, who founded the project and who first cleared and planted it. Joanna brought her permaculture expertise to the gardens, and involved the Leeds Permaculture Network, as well a number of other like-minded organisations.

Ben Lawson, who has joined and now taken on the main responsibility of developing and managing the garden.

Nigel Lees, who supervised the planting of the wildlife corridor hedge, and continues to oversee its development. Nigel is also responsible for the stewardship management and ongoing development of the Woodhouse Ridge woodlands.

Doug Louis, who has represented the Parks and Countryside department of Leeds City Council in securing and developing the project. It is the Education department that have the site vested within their portfolio but they delegated its oversight to the Parks and Countryside team. Thanks to both departments.

Mercia Southon, who first identified the unused bramble- and bindweed-choked site as a possible community resource, sought and gained permission and funding to initiate the project, and created the quarter-mile wildlife corridor hedge that extends from it to the woodland of Woodhouse Ridge. Mercia also led the public campaign to have the path that runs alongside the gardens and the wildlife corridor hedge registered as a public footpath.

Walter Lewis, who has taken almost all the brilliant photographs on this site. Take a look at more of his great work on his new website here: and see his other work at

Andrew Lambeth and Natalie McAnuff, who have created this website.

All the lovely volunteers who have helped to create and maintain the Forest Garden in its first decade.