Aire Park set to blossom in 2024

A metamorphosis is happening at the heart of Leeds South Bank.

As Spring prepares to bloom, the first green shoots of a landmark year for Aire Park are beginning to show, with the launch of its new public realm. This includes the first new green space, aptly named the Tetley Green, located opposite the brewery’s former headquarters. The new greenery which was seeded in 2023 is now providing a shot of colour to the area and is the first hint of the 8-acre public park, which will feature 700 trees and be the largest new city centre green park in the country.

Adjoining the Tetley Green and connecting Aire Park to the new inspiring public artwork, Hibiscus Rising by Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, are the Theatre Gardens. The paved walkway between Salem Chapel and the Bupa Dental Clinic, enables easy access to Meadow Lane and a new garden surrounding the 10-metre tall tribute to the life of British Nigerian Leeds resident, David Oluwale, which was unveiled as part of the Leeds 2023 celebrations.

Included within the Theatre Gardens are seating areas, two small stages, and a selection of raised beds which will bloom over the coming months with an array of herbaceous planting. The plants chosen include Solidago ‘Goldenmosa’, Kniphofia ‘Papaya Popsicle’ and Crocosmia lucifer and have been selected to create a colourful and textured backdrop which evokes both drama and vibrancy as the blossom.

As Aire Park prepares to open the doors to 1 and 3 South Brook Street later in the year, this new public realm is already providing an oasis for everyone who lives, works or just visits the city, to enjoy.