Countryside volunteers celebrate Christmas with a bang

Published on: 18 Dec 2014

When it came to festive celebrations a loyal band of countryside helpers and rangers shunned a traditional knees-up and went for sausages on the barbecue.

Lake District National Park northern volunteers along with rangers donned Santa hats and got stuck into work around Threlkeld.

Park management ranger Larry Cowper said it was typical of the selfless stalwarts that they wanted to work rather than party.

He explained: "Every week throughout the year they are willing, indispensable extra hands who make a huge contribution to this world-renowned landscape. We couldn't work the way we do without our amazing volunteers.

"Their Christmas challenge involved several tasks along the popular Keswick to Penrith railway footpath. We cut-back brambles, gorse, and branches, repaired fencing and willow pegged the Glenderaterra Beck where it meets the River Greta.

"Lindsays Butchers of Cockermouth very kindly donated their award-winning Cumberland sausage and despite the occasional hail storm, we managed to barbecue it and a good time was had by all."

Larry said the commitment, effort and time volunteers put in could never be over-estimated.

"The breadth and scope of what more than 500 volunteers do each year is incalculable During 2014 we have celebrated 60 years of volunteering in the national park and we say a massive thank you and look forward to their hard work and good humour next year."

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