Getting stuck in

PUBLISHED: 15:55 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:10 15 June 2010

BUILDING bridges was the key to three days of work for several members of Honiton Youth Club. The youngsters, aged 14 to 17, were helping to renovate The Glen, which is the subject of an on-going regeneration project. Dan Barton, area youth worker for Dev

BUILDING bridges was the key to three days of work for several members of Honiton Youth Club.The youngsters, aged 14 to 17, were helping to renovate The Glen, which is the subject of an on-going regeneration project.Dan Barton, area youth worker for Devon Youth Service, explained how the youth club got involved.He said: "Alf Boom met up with me to discuss the possibility of getting some teenagers from the club to do some of the work."It is an on-going project for some of the senior members of the community."The ones who have taken part have been breaking a sweat and working hard by clipping back trees and rebuilding a bridge and some steps."He said the youngsters were keen to volunteer their own time for the project for which they will get some recognition for their voluntary work.He said: "The work helps them to develop valuable skills and gives them some ownership of the park."It helps to bring the community together by showing some of the older generation that not all young people are bad."The youngsters, who worked on the project from Tuesday, August 5, to Thursday, August 7, were following in the footsteps of previous work parties, including one that had worked on Saturday, August 2.Mr Boom, who is a town councillor, said: "It was the last of a series of volunteer days and we had 19 people who worked at clearing and thinning various laurels and other plants."This was turned into at least five tons of mulch, which was left in The Glen, and many logs to go into the chipper."Once again, we were aided by members of East Devon District Council staff, with their chainsaws and chipper."The weather was poor, but by the afternoon a new clearing was revealed."He said one of the volunteers, Mary, had been born in the town and had recently moved back to Honiton.He said: "She said when the sun shone through, it reminded her of 35 years ago, when as a girl she played with other children in The Glen and hoped that our work would encourage other youngsters to enjoy the area as she had as a girl.

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