Volunteers hope group will bloom with award

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Experts visited Churwell to judge a volunteer group for a regional competition.

Judges from Yorkshire in Bloom took part in activities and were shown around the woodland area by Churwell Environmental Volunteers.

The group led a tour of the woods, pond area and Woodland Railway.

Judges also spoke with local police officers about the work done in the area.

The volunteers are competing in the Community Award section of Yorkshire in Bloom, after achieving “outstanding” in the category in 2013 and 2014. The group, pictured, has also completed work on placing a coal tub in a small garden off Westwoodside Churwell.

Work on the tub, which was restored by the volunteers, is part of project to celebrate the industrial heritage of Churwell. It was brought to Churwell by the group from the Falstone Mine, near Kielder Water, Northumberland. Welsh Highland Railway donated the track and MSS Limited Morley prepared metal surfaces as part of the project.

The group also plans to place an interpretation board around the area, explaining Churwell’s history, geology and wildlife.