The Brother team enjoying a well-earned break at Clwyd Special Riding Centre
The Brother team clear the land to make way for a new rest and relaxation garden at Clwyd Special Riding Centre
Brother's Fumi Tokumaru gets her hands dirty for a good cause
Brother's Cheryl BRadshaw, team leader Edward Bryan and Fumi Tokumaru tackle the woodwork
Project team leader Louise Davies comes up with a novel use for an old car tyre
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GREEN-fingered volunteers struck it lucky with the weather and gave a special riding school a facelift.
An 11-strong team from Brother Industries in Ruabon got their hands dirty transforming an unused area of land at Clwyd Special Riding Centre into a beautifully green and relaxing garden.
And fate was on their side as there was a rare break in the clouds as the project was blessed with sunshine.
Clwyd Special Riding Centre in Llanfynydd, near Wrexham, is a registered charity run by a group of volunteers and every week it welcomes more than 200 people of all ages with special needs who benefit from the pleasure and stimulation of being on horseback.
Members can even try their hand at carriage-driving and equestrian vaulting and the centre also provides residential riding holidays for groups of people with special needs from all over the UK and abroad.
The group from Brother, led by Edward Bryan and Louise Davies, spent the day painting new fencing, weeding and cutting back overhanging branches as well as creating colourful flowerbeds to attract butterflies, bees and other wildlife.
Brother, based at Vauxhall Industrial Estate, Ruabon, near Wrexham, also donated two benches to complete the new garden which is now a perfect spot to take a break in between activities.
Edward and Louise said they were very happy with the result and added: “Being part of a project like this enables us to give back to the community and put a smile on someone’s face.
“We hope all the riders will enjoy the rest area.”
Eve Tilston, volunteer co-ordinator at the riding school, said the volunteers, members and visitors were delighted with the end result and thanked Jamie Lovell, who is the company chef and has a daughter Katie who trains at the riding school, for making it all possible.
“He put us forward for a visit from Brother and we’re so pleased with what’s been done.
“The picnic area was very neglected but it’s now become a super facility thanks to the team’s hard work,” she said.
“It will be a great place for our members to enjoy and will hopefully enhance the beautiful setting we’ve got and help us continue to attract visitors, new members and more support from the community.
“What Brother is doing is so generous especially in the current economic climate when we’ve lost support from some of our regular donors.
“To give your time and make a physical change, not just your money, is great.”