A group of about 70 beavers, cubs and scouts descended on York woodland for a massive cleanup, making it spic and span.
Children of Dringhouse Scouts headed to Acomb Wood on Sunday 21 November to collect garbage, clear leaves from paths and unblock drainage ditches.
They left 10 acres of wood—the remains of ancient woodland and meadow right in the middle of the Woodthorpe housing estate—looking much better. And they had fun at the same time.
“I really liked it, and taking the litter away would be good for the wildlife,” said 6-year-old Natalie.
“I really enjoyed doing it for my community and cleaning the cards so people don’t slip on them,” said eight-year-old Isabel.
This was Dringhouse Scouts’ second trip to the woods – but the first since the lockdown.
clean up fallen leaves
Using equipment supplied by the City of York Council, and working in partnership with the Friends of Accomb Wood and the Council’s Stephen Fenton, the children were divided into teams clearing the leaves from the path, removing the leaves and Remove fallen branches from the drainage ditch, and clear the litter area. ,
It took them two hours from start to finish.
David Thorne, group scout leader at Dringhouse, said that after visiting Accomb Wood for the last time in early 2019, it was great for the kids to be able to work together again.
“Thank you to all the kids and young people (and their parents) for spending a few hours on Sunday making their environment a little bit better!” he said.
The clear-up event was run as part of Dringhouse Scout Group’s prep for the 2021 District Commissioner’s Challenge.
cleaning in progress
Set by York Abbey District Commissioner Nigel White, the challenge is to “do something positive for our community”.
Dringhouses Scouts is located south of York, providing ‘fun and adventure’ to over 250 young people aged six to 18.
Run entirely by volunteers, it has been in operation for over 50 years and is the largest of 13 Scout groups in the York Abbey District, supporting more than 1,300 youth among them.
Local Scout leaders say there has been an increase in demand for places in Scout groups at the local and national levels since the pandemic.
“We would love to be able to accommodate more youth,” said a spokesman for the York Abbey District. “But to do that, we need more adult volunteers to help run and support groups. Why not make it your 2022 New Year’s resolution to do something positive for your community?
To know more, visit eborscouts.org.uk/become-a-volunteer/