Collingwood staff help in environmental project

FINISHED Groundwork Solent and Victory Squadron volunteers join Liz Fairhurst in opening the new path in Bedhampton
FINISHED Groundwork Solent and Victory Squadron volunteers join Liz Fairhurst in opening the new path in Bedhampton
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A GROUP of trainees from HMS Collingwood spent a month helping a community charity with an environmental project.

When a bridleway near Bedhampton, which links the railway to Portsmouth Water had become so overgrown that it was unusable, Phase 2 trainees in conjunction with Groundwork Solent stepped in to help.

Groundwork Solent is a local charity which specialises in helping communities with rural and urban conservation and restoration projects.

The volunteers scaled back overgrown bushes, tidied away debris from the area and relayed a new pathway.

Becky Spake, project manager, said: ‘They were an amazing help and made a great help to the project.

‘All the guys worked twice as hard and got the job done a lot quicker.’

Local councillor Liz Fairhurst added: ‘This has been a fantastic job and it really opens the path for local residents.’

Portsmouth Water provided 42 tons of stone to make the 500m walkway. Groundwork Solent (Gosport) has been established since 1998.

It works towards a vision of a society made up of sustainable communities which are vibrant, healthy and safe, which respect the local and global environment and where individuals and enterprise prosper.