Young people transform the Embankment

A team of 11 young people spent all day last Sunday (17) tidying up, planting fruit trees and creating natural stone sculptures on land at the end of Wharncliffe Embankment in Eccleshill. This section of the Embankment, which was part of the former railway line from Shipley to Laisterdyke, is owned by Bradford Council. It had become overgrown and neglected so Richard Topham, Project Leader in Bradford East, arranged for Challenge to get involved. The path makes up part of an important local amenity and thoroughfare which is frequently used by dog walkers, horse riders and cyclists.

Digging Deep

Challenge are a national organisation that facilitates and delivers the National Citizens Service (NCS) which is a once in a lifetime experience open to all 15-17 year olds across England and Northern Ireland. The team from Challenge Bradford helped design and deliver this project which marks the beginnings of a Peace Garden. The young people even did some fundraising to cover some of the materials and resources that were required to make last Sunday’s activities happen.

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Ward Officer Daren Parr and former Eccleshill Councillor Ann Wallace, a dog walker on the Embankment herself, worked with the group last Sunday and were delighted at the hard work put in by the young volunteers. The results (see above) speak for themselves.

For further information please contact Richard Topham on 01274 431066

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