Volunteers 'amaze' wildlife trust
GREEN-fingered Barbara Vaughan and her fellow volunteers are celebrating their first anniversary of helping out at Avon Wildlife Trust's Willsbridge Mill education centre.
Barbara, 86, of Winterbourne, is the eldest of the Brandon Trust team who go along to the centre once a week to give a helping horticultural hand.
The link-up allows people with learning disabilities to carry out a variety of jobs at the mill, which is set in a wooded valley near Longwell Green.
Tasks range from sowing seeds and potting up plants to growing herbs and vegetables, as well as carrying out general maintenance and fencing work.
Jane Gillard, the Brandon Trust's community team service co-ordinator, said: "Barbara and her fellow team members, who are as young as 22, are able to learn new skills and gain a great sense of purpose, achievement and wellbeing while helping out at the mill."
Joe McSorley, of the wildlife trust, said the contribution by the volunteers in the past year had been "amazing" as they had helped to completely transform parts of the nature reserve which had become messy and neglected.
He said: "It has given them the opportunity of working outdoors on purposeful tasks and to enjoy the sense of freedom that we all get from experiencing nature."