On Wednesday 15th October, 10 Inland Revenue Officers led by Mike Boyes from the Leeds Office took advantage of a scheme to aid local voluntary organisations. Their employers encourage them to take one day per year out of the office with pay to enable them to do this.
They had decided to give their time to help the Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods with a project, which included path maintenance and Woodland Management including stream clearing and tree pruning.
The team worked under the supervision of Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods Chairman Martin Calvert and Chief Path Engineer Mervyn Clayton.
Chairman Martin Calvert commented, "We are really very pleased that the Tax Officers have taken the time out to come and do some voluntary work in the woods. We do a lot ourselves, but they have been brilliant today. There are ten of them and they have worked really hard all day long. We have got much more work done than we thought we would achieve and I would like to thank them all very much for their valuable efforts."
At the end of the day, seventeen metres of path including steps had been re-laid, part of the stream which had been blocked up had been cleared and some of the trees on the triangle of land at the junction of Gledhow Valley Road and Allerton Grange Way had been pruned back to improve the sight line for motorists and assist the grass cutters.
As always, all the necessary equipment (including wood, gravel and other construction material, litter picking claws, rubbish bags, gloves and spades) was supplied by the Friends to all volunteers who came.