Working holiday for valley youth

Published on: 20 Feb 2014

School holidays for Ullswater Valley secondary pupils became a labour of love when they spent a day tackling some essential countryside maintenance.

The 11 to 16 year-olds told Lake District National Park valley planners they wanted more outdoor action in their area and were taken at their word.

Park management ranger Rec Cathey said the young people had an action-packed day at The Outward Bound Trust's Ullswater centre, helping national park apprentices as they got to grips with rural skills.

She added: "This was the second time the trust has welcomed local youngsters to the Ullswater centre as part of our initiative encouraging communities to play a part in shaping their future.

"Obviously young people are a crucial part of the Ullswater Valley Planning initiative and to be able to give them an insight into how they can help look after their surroundings was a very useful exercise.

"Giving our keen, hard-working apprentices a hand, they really got a feel for willow spiling, brush cutting and burning and general conservation tasks.

"They are the valley's future and to be able to encourage them to take a hand in their heritage is invaluable. We are indebted to The Outward Bound Trust for its support.

"This is continuing in the summer holidays when it hosts a weekend expedition for local youth."

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