Beauty spot spruced up thanks to volunteers

Hard work: Volunteers hard at work cutting back overgrown trees and vegetation.

Hard work: Volunteers hard at work cutting back overgrown trees and vegetation.

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A FAVOURITE Sheffield beauty spot is looking its best after volunteers from a city company volunteers to spruce up the woodland.

Workers from Amey teamed up with city park and countryside rangers to take part in all sorts of conservation work in the Rivelin Valley.

Cutbacks: Clearing a pathway.

Cutbacks: Clearing a pathway.

The staff normally work on contracts involving railways, street-lighting, highways and transport planning,

Qumar Zaman, Chris Brown, Holly Venning, Arthur Macklin, David Redford, Lynne Pemberton and Michael Hibberd spent a day renovating paths, weeding, sweeping debris and cutting back vegetation.

New signs were put up and trees felled or cut back to improve access for walkers.

Highways technician Michael Hibberd said: “Although it was hard work and very tiring it was an extremely rewarding day.

“I hope through our work and our donation that we can make a significant contribution to the sustainable preservation of the city’s countryside and wildlife.”

Ranger Chris Roberts said: “We really enjoyed having the extra help with our project and were really impressed with the volunteers’ approach to the tasks they were given and the standard of work achieved.

“The council is committed to uplifting the quality of public green and open spaces across the city and Amey has made a big contribution to our long-term strategy.”

Amey has also donated £500 to the Parks and Countryside Service to help maintain the woodland.