2016 - August 2016

Volunteer Work Day to help celebrate Barnsley’s history – 15/08/16

Barnsley Main Volunteer Work DayBarnsley Main Volunteer Work DayVolunteers work to clear the car park areaLocal Tesco Employees provided refreshments to the volunteersThe completed result

Henry Boot Construction’s Communications Officer Catherine Spooner recently took part in a volunteer work day in Barnsley on Friday 5 August alongside around 25 other volunteers.

The aim was to improve Barnsley Main by tidying the site up ahead of the 150th anniversary of the Oaks Colliery Disaster. This involved clearing the overgrowth and litter picking to return the area to its formal glory, so it can once again be used by the public.

The organisers brought along gloves, litter pickers, shovels, loppers and brushes, as there was a lot of litter and moss to clear from the old historic attraction. The overgrowth was cleared and all the green waste was returned to the land to compost. Twiggs Landscaping of Barnsley were also on hand to give advice and the local Tesco employees brought and donated refreshments for the volunteers.

Catherine worked hard on the day and said, “We all thoroughly enjoyed the Volunteer Day - the sun was shining and we saw instant results due to the hard work of all those who attended. It was amazing to see how a bird had made a base for its nest using an old pop bottle which had been discarded in the bushes. It was also great to see the pit head of the old colliery and speak to volunteers whose relatives had worked there. Hopefully there will be another day organised for September so that we can do more to help.”

“A huge thank you for coming along on Friday and making a real difference at the Barnsley Main site. It was great to see everyone working together to start opening the site up for visitors.”

Stephen Miller, Landscape Partnership Community Officer, Barnsley Council

For more information contact:

Karen Fisher
Business Development Manager