Plans for more activities at Shiregreen’s Scout hut have taken a step closer after volunteers helped take part in a big clear-up.
Members of the neighbourhood’s 231st Scout group called on people to help tidy up overgrown land bordering the hut on Barnsley Road.
The land was a mass of trees and weeds, but the group wants to turn the area into a space for camping, growing food and other outdoor activities.
Katie Gowers, aged 17, a Scout for 11 years, said ambitious plans are being laid for the area once work is finished.
She said: “As we have recently received security fencing around our site, there is nothing we would love more than to get the land cleared up and made safe for use.
“There’s so much we can do with it. It would be a great place for Beavers, who are aged between six and eight, to be introduced to camping outdoors, with the home comforts of having the Scout hut next door.
“And we can also set up various projects to help Beavers, Cubs and Scouts earn badges related to everything from animals to sports and leisure.”
Sam Cole, 35, a fundraising volunteer at the scouts whose son Max, seven is a Beaver, said the group faces a big challenge, but members are determined to succeed.
Sam said: “We’ve got two strimmers and another machine, but need more people and we need expertise, especially with cutting down trees.
“If money was no object, we would level the field, turf some areas, build a play area, a place to build fires and a place for camping. At the moment, camping costs £20 to £30 for each child, which is difficult for a lot of families.
“We’re desperate, to be honest. In Shiregreen, Scouting gives us the opportunity to show young people a bit more of the world, to help them to be more productive and to help them to build self-esteem.”
The scouts were recently given a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund to pay for a new secure fence, after the building was hit by repeated vandalism.