Hollybush volunteers renovate riverside path

10 July 2018

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Volunteers from a Kirkstall-based volunteering charity have helped to restore a footpath at the other side of Leeds.

Over the past three years, volunteers and staff from TCV Hollybush in Broad Lane have been helping Boston Spa Parish Council improve footpaths and access to the riverside walk.

The volunteers have barrowed 71 tonnes of stone, by hand, to make repairs to 377 metres of pathway.

Set alongside the river, the path meanders through beautiful woodland and is a favourite spot for dog walkers, runners, local residents and visitors. The improvements have included installation of timber rails, construction of steps and barrowing all that stone for long distances to relay the footpath.

TCV Project Officer, Michael Bird, said:

“The riverside location is a great place for our volunteers to visit and passers-by are incredibly friendly and positive about what we are doing. The work can be hard, but the sense of achievement volunteers get by making such a visible and useful impact is totally worth it.”

Hollyvols do a variety of tasks, including: work within schools and the corporate sector building wildlife gardens & wellbeing areas; constructing pond dipping platforms in local nature reserves; creating fruit and vegetable gardens and clearing scrubland to support habitat management.

If you’d like to be a part of this project or would like to know more about the work TCV Hollybush does, please contact hollybush@tcv.org.uk or visit the website.


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