Helpers bouled over by thank you barbecue

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VOLUNTEERS at a Sheffield conservation centre were rewarded for their efforts at a barbecue and boules championship.

The event was organised as a ‘thank you’ to all those who give their time for the Sheffield Landscape Trust at Wood Lane Countryside Centre in Stannington.

The Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse was the venue for the celebration, which featured a French boules competition won by volunteer Richard Wain.

He was awarded a pair of leather gardening gloves and had his name engraved on the cup - made by the Sheffield Woodturning Club - for his efforts.

Lindsay Fieldhouse, centre manager, said: “The volunteers’ party is an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all the volunteers who give up their time to care for the natural environment of Sheffield and to keep the centre running for the community.

“We always welcome new volunteers and have a wide range of opportunities such as the conservation projects, office administration, gardening and researching the history of the building.”

Volunteer Luke Joseph said it had been great to bring all those involved in the project together.

“It was good to meet all the other volunteers, as some of us work during the week and some on weekends,” he said.

Wood Lane Countryside Centre is the base for Sheffield Landscape Trust, a partnership between North Sheffield Conservation Group, Sheffield Countryside Conservation Trust and Sheffield City Council Environmental Planning. The initiative works with communities throughout Sheffield on countryside conservation and education projects.