Group celebrates 25 years

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A Scarborough conservation group is celebrating 25 years of helping create a better environment for local people to enjoy.

Scarborough Conservation Volunteers is a group of like-minded people who meet regularly to carry out a wide variety of projects.

Their work in recent years has included making Forge Valley more accessible to all by creating a boardwalk along the river.

Volunteers have also done a great deal of work on the steps and pathways around Throxenby Mere and Raincliffe Woods.

Chairman Ron Baxter, who has been with the group for eight years, said: “A huge proportion of work in that area has been done by volunteers, in partnership with Scarborough Council.

“They work very closely with us, particularly Alan Tomlinson, the countryside officer, and we’d like to thank them for their involvement.”

Mr Baxter said one of the best things about the group is that is can provide people with skills and experience to help them get into paid employment.

He explained: “Volunteering work looks good on your CV, whether you are a student or older.

“We have sent people on chainsaw courses and first aid training - there are lots of opportunities available.”

Mr Baxter added that members have gone on to work for organisations including the RSPB and East Riding Council.

He said that volunteers get a lot out of taking part and that they have plenty of fun along the way.

“You’re making a difference,” said Mr Baxter. You can look at something and say ‘I did that’, which is brilliant.

“It gets you involved with people. We’re all there for a common purpose, whether it’s picking up litter or creating a meadow. We have a laugh together and it’s a great experience.”

If you would like to get involved, or find out more, go to www.scarboroughconservationvolunteers.org.uk

The group normally meets on Wednesdays. Pick up is available from the train station at 9.30am.