As part of The Deal, Wigan Council allow their staff two paid days each year when they can do voluntary work. We were delighted when a group from the audit office came to help at our Summer Spruce-Up day. They joined a group from Hope School and a number of other volunteers to do a variety of jobs around the site.

The day started off wet but, undeterred, our twenty-four volunteers split into groups and set about their work. Some started to mend the step-over fence along the main drive. Another group walked round the paths, picking up litter and cutting back any over-hanging vegetation and branches.

A group worked in the Wildlife Garden and another group did some work in the Community Orchard.

The weather had improved by lunchtime, so after lunch we set about balsam bashing along the bridle path, encouraging any groups who had finished their morning tasks to come and join in.

Lots of work was done. Many hands really do make light work. We were very pleased to get so many jobs finished and we hope all the volunteers enjoyed their day in the fresh air and will come back next year. Thank you for your efforts.