My dad picked up a leaflet when I was about 14 but I didn’t get involved until 2011when I was looking to do more active outdoor things and make some new friends. I tried a weekend a bit cautiously which turned out to be fantastic. From then I went on to do something like 9 weekends or weeks before the year was out. My only regret is not starting sooner.
Bricklaying, reversing larger trailers than I’ve normally driven, how to load a wheelbarrow properly (Surprisingly!), additional leadership skills from leaders’ training day, additional machinery operation experience and of course last but not lease collecting T-shirts.
Lots of things. Some people call working outdoors the “green gym” because of the physical work in green surroundings, and its true, you get a great workout.I enjoy learning lots of different skills that can be developed and learnt through different tasks and locations. Generally there are some really good people, and I’ve made some great friends – It’s a lot of fun with a lot of laughing. You get to meet a lot of people from different walks of life, while the hard work makes a real difference for a good cause.
Restoring derelict canals has a lot of benefits including potential for the local economy, wildlife etc and provides good recreation opportunities on and off the water.
How quickly I was accepted and made to feel like I was a regular.