Catterick Garrison’s Bramble Woods get coronation spruce up

A volunteering day was held at Bramble Woods in Catterick Garrison for the Big Help Out on Monday.

The event proved popular and despite the rain more than 25 volunteers from the local military and civilian community toom part.

Bramble Woods is a community site consisting of 3.5 acres of woodland, flower meadow, pond and allotment site which is managed by e50K.

E50k is a not for profit organisation run by members of teh military community, which aima to break down the disparencies between military and civilian life.

Amy Manuel, site manager for e50k, said: “All the volunteers gave a huge, and most impressive boost on the allotment site ready for the summer.

“We completed the building of the polytunnel, filled in flower beds and planted flowers, cut the lawn and strimmed back the Brambles, and enjoy lots of sweet treats and a good chat!

“Volunteers who attended were a wonderful mix of young and old, military and civilian, dads and lads, neurodiverse children, big families and little families.

“It was a heart-warming end to the coronation celebrations and the potential of a fabulous summer is now firmly set for Bramble Woods, thanks to their help. It was encouraging to see everyone had such a great day engaging with each other, and making new friends over tea and cake”

The finale of the day was the planting of a royal oak tree to commemorate to the coronation, which was donated by Councillor Kevin Foster.

“The children were so enthusiastic about the tree and we cannot wait to watch them grow with it,” Amy added.

There are more volunteering opportunities within e50k and for more information please head to e50k.org.uk or email volunteers@e50k.org.uk