Volunteers continue the restoration at Stedham youth camp site

A group of community volunteers has been back in action this time to restore the fence around Midhurst Youth Trust’s recently acquired community camp site at Stedham.

A community volunteer team recently restored the view to Cowdray Ruins along the norther approach to Midhurst bringing back the impressive spring carpet of snowdrops.

And now led by community team coordinator Darren Rolfe and funded by West Sussex County Council they have been back in action for the youth camp site.

Colin Hughes chairman of the Midhurst Youth Trust told the Observer: “The fencing around the Stedham camp site was falling down and in great need of repair.

“The site which itself is run for local community groups by volunteers approached the community volunteer team to see if they could help.

“We met with Darren Rolfe, who shortly afterwards arrived with a team of volunteers, mainly retired men, who in two days using wood from our own trees in the coppice, rebuilt the fencing.

“I was very, very impressed with the standard of the work achieved by what can only be described as a happy motivated and highly skilled group.

“We hope they can help us in the future. It is a brilliant idea to have such a group in our area . Utilising skills of this very talented group who following retirement are happy to gift them to the community.

“So well done WSCC for funding it, to Darren for organising it and the amazing volunteer band for contributing their skills energy and time. I think they really do deserve a community award.”

In May last year the youth trust announced it had finally agreed the sale of the campsite after negotiations with previous owners West Sussex County Council which had taken more than a year.

It meant the site had been saved for the continued use of young people. With its price tag of around £330,000 it had been taken over under the ‘community right to buy’ scheme. The youth trust was helped by support from local charitable trusts.

The youth trust then began a programme of refurbishment to modernise facilities.

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