WHITBY’S Gateway group has been hard at work improving access to the countryside around the area.
The group worked with Groundwork North Yorkshire to improve the Cinder Track on the former Whitby to Scarborough railway line including improving drainage to make it suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
The Groundwork team has also done a considerable amount of work installing several sets of steps so that most local children can now get to school without having to cross a busy road.
Gateway received a generous grant through Voice your Choice from Scarborough Borough Council Northern Area Committee which was used to buy tools, bird boxes and other useful items.
Trees were bought from BTCV, formerly the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, and some were donated by the Woodland Trust.
Pupils from Rawmarsh Community School in Rotherham who were visiting in the area helped to plant trees in February.
Volunteers have helped with litter picking and tree planting and also worked for many hours cleaning up the viaduct.
Geoff Wilson who chairs Gateway, said: “We very much appreciate all the support given by these organisations.
“We’re also very grateful to all local volunteers who helped with tree planting, litter-picking and cleaning up the viaduct.
“The Cinder Track is now a much nicer place to walk, cycle and appreciate the surrounding countryside.”
Volunteers who ran a stall at Cross Butts boot sale on 1 May raised £125 to help fund running costs for Gateway. The group was able to have the stall free of charge thanks to the generosity of Eileen and Brian Morley.
Volunteer days are continuing on Thursdays when work will include installing signage along the cinder track as well as seating and picnic tables.
Anyone who would like to help contact Geoff or Sandra on (01947) 604811/820025.