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Volunteers needed to improve Burnopfield woodland
12:09pm Monday 4th February 2013 in News
FAMILIES are invited to help improve access to a woodland on their doorstep this weekend.
The event takes place at Burnopfield Plantation, the woodland between Burnopfield and the Hobson Industrial Estate, on Saturday (February 9) when volunteers will try to improve the footpaths.
Organisers Groundwork North East and Burnopfield Community Partnership will provide tools and gloves and give instructions on what to do but volunteers are asked to turn up with warm, old clothes and boots or wellies.
New gates have already been installed to replace stiles and narrow steps to make access to the plantation easier, while in the summer the partnmership was awarded more than £35,000 funding to improve access throughout the woodland.
This funding will be used to undertake work including new steps, drainage and path surfacing, which will take place between now and the end of March.
Volunteers are asked to meet in the community centre car park at 9.45 am, then head into the woods at 10 am until noon. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For more information and to express an interest in coming along, please contact Kath Marshall-Ivens, at Groundwork North East on 01207-524803 or 07712-773684.