Over 60 young People from Dringhouses Scout Group have been busy looking after some outdoor spaces in their neighbourhood as part of a Community Action Day.

The 6 to 14 year olds have been working with the City of York Council’s Environment and Community department to give the Hob Moor and neighbouring areas a spruce up. The youngsters started the day cleaning and painting some of the fences and entrances to the Hob Moor. The Scouts have placed bug hotels that they have been making over the past few weeks, around the Hob Moor. To finish off the day, they also went litter picking and managed to collect 25 sacks of rubbish as well as an old gas canister and half a wheel barrow!

The youngsters are all working towards completing set challenges, themed around “Our World”, which aims to teach them the importance of taking care of the world around them. Phil Bennett, Group Scout Leader “Scouting teaches our young people how important it is to take care of their environment and community. Today we get to put that in practice by helping to take care of some of our wonderful green spaces and having some fun”

The day was organised by members of the Council’s Environment and Community Department. Deputy leader of City of York Council with responsibility for the environment, Cllr Andrew Waller, said: “It’s fantastic to see such a large turnout from Dringhouses Scout Group on their community action day. I would like to thank all the volunteers for taking real pride in their area and helping to make sure that the area is clean and welcoming, not only for residents but for wildlife as well thanks to their bug hotels.”