Volunteering on track

Volunteers and the maintenance team get to work on the Cinder Track
Volunteers and the maintenance team get to work on the Cinder Track

A NEW maintenance scheme for the cinder track was launched recently with a volunteer event at Hawsker near Whitby.

Volunteers from local community groups Gateway and the Friends of the Old Railway helped clear up an overgrown area of wildflower meadow, cutting back invasive plants and removing litter.

A picnic table was also installed, along with new steps and a footpath to improve access to this part of the track.

Tom Mutton, local manager for Groundwork North Yorkshire, said: “These new management arrangements and volunteering opportunities offer a promising future for the Cinder Track.

“Over the past two years we’ve seen the track be greatly improved and are keen for this to continue.

“The tasks required to maintain the track are very diverse and there really is something for everyone.

“Combine this with some of the best countryside and views in the country and a day volunteering can be hugely fun and rewarding.”

The event was organised to mark the start of a dedicated new maintenance team for the track, agreed by Scarborough Borough Council following the development of an action plan through the Cinder Track Improvement Project.

The plan, drawn up by Groundwork North Yorkshire, highlighted the value of the track to the local area and identified many areas in need of improvement, including on-going maintenance.

A maintenance work programme has now been established, which includes a full-time team of three staff who are assisted by volunteers from along the full 21-mile length of track.

Volunteering can be through organised events such as the day at Hawsker, or more ad-hoc activity such as people looking after and keeping an eye on their particular part of the track.

Anyone interested in getting involved should call Sheila Johnson on (01723) 369531 or email sheila.johnson@scarborough.gov.uk