Volunteers dig in to keep Churwell green

Churwell residents clear up and tidy a local wildlife area and public path that runs through Clark Spring Wood.'Steve Hunter and Joanna Coultous work on clearing and making safe a banked area of the walk.'d08091170'Picture: Andrew Bellis.
Churwell residents clear up and tidy a local wildlife area and public path that runs through Clark Spring Wood.'Steve Hunter and Joanna Coultous work on clearing and making safe a banked area of the walk.'d08091170'Picture: Andrew Bellis.

CHURWELL is being well and truly looked after thanks to its local environment group.

By working together, Churwell Action Group, Leeds City Council’s forestry and parks departments and other teams will be volunteering to get work done in their local area.

Now the group have signed up to the government’s Big Society scheme, which helps communities to have more power and responsibility to create better neighbourhoods.

In 2008 Coun Janet Harrison and Steve Hunter set up an environmental group to clear out Woodcross pond and transformed it into the wildlife area it is today.

Volunteers joined the group to litter pick and empty bins to make sure the area stays environmentally friendly and a pleasant place for Churwell people to enjoy.

Continued support from Morley in Bloom will also see an extension to the wild flower meadow and further planting in the grassed areas to giving a welcome splash of colour from more bulbs next spring.

This summer the group has been working in Clark Spring and Daffil Woods repairing paths and steps and replacing seats and fence railings.

Bramble clearing will also take place this autumn in Clark Spring Woods to encourage the spread of existing bluebells.

The group also found time to help tidy up the garden of St Bridget’s Church by cutting grass and hedges after the church closed last year.

At the moment, the group has 12 members who are happy to donate a couple of hours when they are free to work on the projects.

Organiser Steve Hunter said: “At times we are often working in quite harsh conditions but the group remain undaunted and happy to be in the fresh air and getting some exercise.

“One group member said it is cheaper that doing to the gym and the good company makes the hard work fun!”

The group also runs nature rambles, bat and fungi walks and runs nature days with children at Churwell Primary School.

If you are interested in joining the group call Steve on 07836 363161 or email woodsclarkspring@yahoo.co.uk