We were delighted to hear from Tesco recently when they kindly advised they would like to make a donation to the Friends of Bidston Hill. In addition, they wanted to send along some willing employees of the store to assist with some of the maintenance chores our volunteers carry out each Friday morning (weather permitting).
We met at the Tam O’Shanter Farm around 10am and we briefed the staff on the type of work we do on the hill, our voluntary Bidston Hill Warden, John Lee, explained what we would be doing for the next couple of hours. After collecting the tools for the job from the workshop, we proceeded to the location of the Windmill, where John gave out instructions to begin to cut down an area of burnt gorse that had recently been gripped by fire. During the summer months, there can be a lot of fires on the hill and the local fire service is often called. In addition, John suggested some of us could embark upon a trail of litter picking.
To our delight, the Tesco staff worked their magic (every little helps!) and the area was soon cleared of the burnt gorse and surrounding litter – job complete.
The morning finished with Tesco presenting us with a cheque for £500 which was gratefully accepted, this will be put towards replacement and additional tools/utensils for the ongoing valuable work undertaken by our volunteers. Below are some photos showing work in progress – well done Tesco staff and thank you for your kind donation!
Do you love Bidston Hill and have some spare time on Friday mornings? Not afraid of getting your hands dirty? Then join the Friday group and help with maintenance of pathways, litter picking, pruning of trees, shrubs, gorse and much more. If you are interested, please join us at Tam O’Shanter Farm at 10:00am for a cup of tea and a friendly chat before starting work. If you want to talk to somebody first or require further information, call John on 07887 665120