Wednesday, September 25, 2013
A group of dedicated volunteers in Honiton have been busy reviving a once-popular beauty spot in the town.
The Glen Revival Working Group has been active since July and is hoping to attract more volunteers to lend a hand.
Maureen Smith from the group said: “The numbers involved in the group have increased slowly but the volunteers are all dedicated to the revival of The Glen.
“The Glen has a long history but has fallen into decline over the years and there is a shortage of money at this time to undetake any meaningful regeneration.
“Help is needed to obtain grants and, if there is anyone who can assist in making applications, their help would be very much appreciated.”
So far volunteers have been clearing the area of weeds and other debris.
Volunteer Audrey Goddard added: “We are all enjoying being involved in the project.
“It is very rewarding after seeing what the area was like to see what it is like now after a short amount of time.”
The Glen was given to the residents of Honiton in 1935 by Major H H Lilley to commemorate the silver jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary.
In the future, the volunteers hope to create a walkway by the upper waterfalls and plant more bulbs in the area.
A working party meets every Tuesday at the upper Glen between 10am and noon.
The group would be grateful for any donations of small bulbs, which are suitable for woodland shady areas. It is also interested in hearing from any individuals, local businesses or schools who would like to help make a difference in the area.
They are looking for people with expertise in fundraising, photography and computers or knowledge of grant applications to get involved.
Anyone interested in volunteering is urged to come along on a Tuesday and find out more about the group (subject to the weather).
For more information, visit http://e-voice.org.uk/friendsoftheglen/