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Author: Helen Graham

Darkness is essential for nature to recover

Darkness is essential for nature to recover

I found this video quite shocking. What would an art installation do for women’s safety? Provide a place for potential abusers to hide behind? This is THE MOOR! It was provided so working people in Leeds could get at least a bit of fresh air in a busy smog filled week. It was THE LUNGS of the city! If there is money to be spent on it it needs TOILETS, and the bandstand area could do with resurfacing properly. Those two things would benefit not only women at night, but the disabled and wheelchair users and everyone else ALL THE TIME! My family have lived within 100 yards of The Moor for over 150 years. It has always had a reputation for danger after dark. I would never go through it after dusk, not just because I’m female, but because it is better to be safer than sorry. I love The Moor, it has always been part of my home, but I don’t feel that it is my right to go through it at night. At night it belongs to the rabbits, foxes, squirrels, rats, and other wild life, not to me. The grass needs to regenerate after heavy Summer use and the weight of rubbish left all over it by irresponsible users. Lastly, I thought there was some research on the benefits of dark skies on peoples’ mental health. Most of the University area is permanently lit up like a Christmas tree at all times. Do we really want more of it?