As part of World Mental Health Day 2019 the team at Far‘n’Beyond volunteered with The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for a day of meadow management at Kirkstall Valley Nature Reserve.
Located just outside of Leeds city centre, Kirkstall Valley Nature Reserve is located on what used to be the former Kirkstall Power Station. The Power Station has long been demolished and fortunately, due to the way the site is being managed, nature has been re-established in the area and it now supports a diverse range of wildlife.
The meadows had become overgrown and the team at Far ‘n’ Beyond were challenged to help the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust with raking the grass up and disposing of it safely. It was quite the task!
Through the heavy showers and occasionally stopping to rescue the many frogs and toads that were on the site, all the Far ’n’ Beyond team worked incredibly hard together to rake the meadow and clear the land as much as possible.
Although the task was physically challenging, by the end of the day the team couldn’t have been more pleased with the huge difference that had been made at the site.
Out of all the team, Liam took to the task exceptionally well and the phrase #BeMoreLiam was coined and is still used by everyone today!
For many people, spending time outside in nature, when they are worried and anxious, is a great way to help their mental health.
For a team that is usually based in the office, having the opportunity to spend the day outside, getting to know each other better and most importantly helping a great cause was not only fun but very rewarding.