Help request a success

Rangers Wayne Appleton and Kate Phillips.
Rangers Wayne Appleton and Kate Phillips.

AN appeal for volunteers to help manage the vast coastal and rural Durham landscape has been dubbed a success.

A group of outdoor-loving volunteers has come forward to help maintain and preserve thousands of acres of woodland and beauty spots stretching from the Durham Coast and down to Runswick Bay near Whitby.

Since an appeal appeared in the Mail in January for hardy enthusiasts to help out at the sites – including at Warren House Dene, in Horden, and Hawthorn Dene, near Easington Colliery – National Trust ranger Wayne Appleton has been thrilled to hear from volunteers.

Wayne, who lives in Shotton Colliery, said: “The volunteer request went really well and we now have a very good volunteer group that works on a Sunday on the Durham properties.

“In recent weeks, they were out at Moorhouse Woods, at Durham, clearing fallen trees and re-instating footpaths.

“The appeal was a very good success and many thanks to the Mail for doing the article for us.”

In the previous article, Wayne, who himself started out as a volunteer, had revealed that he was one of just three rangers who gave their time to keep the areas well-maintained.

He wanted more people to help out with the huge task, which also includes looking after Roseberry Topping in North Yorkshire.

There is still time to find out about being a volunteer and anyone interested in doing so can call Wayne on (0191) 5261454 or 07825948750.