Leeds Community Project: When resistance becomes duty

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.

The Bristol Skipchen travelled to Leeds to support a cause very close to our hearts.

Leeds Community Project is a community campaign to save the Old Experimental Gardens owned by the University of Leeds from being sold off to property developers.

A wild urban haven, home to abandoned glasshouses that once cultured temperate and Mediterranean plants, 6 Grosvenor Mount was a space once valued for its potential to educate and enlighten the human relationship with the natural world.

In one short month they have created a collaborative and positive centre that dares to re-imagine the potential that Grosvenor can provide outside of the economic development framework.

More importantly they have dared to re-imagine a creative and diverse community that can cultivate each other. A social change centre where workshops, holistic healing, food growing and positive community projects collaborate cohesively.

Like Grosvenor, we at Bristol Skipchen value the transformative social change that occurs when a physical space exists that allows a community to come together based on collaboration and mutual aid.

Physical spaces are important because they create possibilities for communities to transcend the boundaries of that space.

In today’s world, movements and campaigns occupy technological spaces like the internet. However when these ideas, campaigns or communities exist in a physical location in our cities/urban areas, they create connections that require human collaboration and interaction with our natural or built environment. It is these spaces that create on the ground change and allow people to physically action on their beliefs.

Losing Grosvenor Mount means more than just the loss of a beautiful land to private housing development. It also means the loss of spaces that allow communities and people and ideas to grow and form. A blank slate where we are given the opportunity to imagine something better than the status quo and gives us a chance to make the alternative a reality.

As more and more of our land and public spaces are sold off for ‘economic development,’ and the powers that be enforce barriers that limit our ability to be self resilient, we have no choice but to resist.

Sign the petition and save Grosvenor Mount.

Find out more and support Leeds Community Project:

Leeds CP Facebook , Act Now to Save Grosvenor Mount

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