On the 29th February, our Ranger teams left their usual coastal haunts and helped out with 3 different projects in their local communities. The day was part of a UK wide initiative for the National Trust, where more than 5,000 employees at the National Trust were given the day off work to volunteer for a day in their local communities. In North Devon, the team supported 3 different projects.
The Exmoor Ranger team, lead by Head Ranger Julian Gurney put their conservation skills to good use helping at St Peter’s Ad Venicula Church in Combe Martin to tidy the church yard and do some riverside clearance work.
The Woolacombe Ranger Team,lead by Ranger Jonathan Fairhurst went to Ilfracombe to help kick start a big spring clean to get Ilfracombe ready for Easter, the group had a number of tasks to do such as painting a tatty wall, painting over graffiti, picking up litter, and smartened up alleyways by cutting back vegetation. Katie Simpson (Police Community Support Officer) for Ilfracombe central ward said “it’s fabulous to be joined by the National Trust today who’ve used their Local Leap day to kickstart the Ilfracombe Spring Clean Initiative”
The Torridge Ranger team, lead by Head Ranger Justin Seedhouse helped the Trustees of Bucks Cross Village Hall, who recently purchased an area of garden adjacent to the hall with the help of the North Devon AONB Sustainable Development Fund. The garden was very overgrown and needed some serious landscaping so that it can be enjoyed by local people so the Rangers cleared the garden of overgrowth and also created some new steps for better access to the garden.