Collective Skills

Tuesday, August 22nd 2017

If you are a regular visitor to our blog you will know that Tuesday is our volunteering day, the day when we are able to glean the skills of folk from various backgrounds and as a result benefit our reserve. There was a slight difference from the usual Tuesday volunteer list of names; as today we were fortunate enough to have Cemex Quarry, near Leyburn, attending the site under their Lend-a-Hand Scheme.

This scheme allows workers from local businesses to give up a day or so to ‘lend-a-hand’ to local community based charities.

At this time of year we are tidying up the Moorland paths from encroaching grasses….

….allowing us to redefine the path edges and stock up on the surface gravel. 

This is a labour intensive job which also required the collective skills of all to replace the rotten side kick boards. The difference is quite striking!

Thank you to our all the crew from Cemex and our regular team for such hard work.


(1) Comments:

Kevin Cage responded on 23rd Aug 2017 with...

An excellent day very enloyable - I would recommend it to anyone and good to see the final result at the end

Thank you for letting CEMEX take part


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