Woods project appeals for volunteers

Fryston Woods natural play day - Euan Gardner makes a den. (P532H331)
Fryston Woods natural play day - Euan Gardner makes a den. (P532H331)
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Forest rangers in Castleford are appealing for more volunteers to get involved and help more people use the town’s woodland spaces.

Steve Wright, who works as a ranger as part of Castleford Heritage Trust and Friends of Fryston Woods, said they were always looking for more people to volunteer to help its activities.

He said: “We are just trying to find ways to improve the woodland area and engage with young people, inspiring them to get off the ir computers and interested in the outdoors.”

As well as a series of natural playdays and community events, forest rangers have been running forest schools for children, where they can learn woodland skills, including crafts like woodwork, as well as making dens, building fires and other bushcrafts.

Other events have included lantern walks through the woods, and craft workshops.

Steve added: “Our next plan is to create an allotment in the woods and we are planning on building a traditional roundhouse, with raised beds, composting toilet, that kind of thing, so people can help maintain it.”

Contact Steve or Paul Roberts on 01977 556741 to find out more.