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'Lending a Hand' to protect historic 'Coast to Coast' route

The ‘Lending a Hand’ volunteering scheme run by Leeds Building Society allows colleagues to use a day each year to help in the community.

Our Product team used their day to repair erosion and sensitive landscaping at Tongue Gill outside Grasmere in Cumbria under the direction of the ‘Fix the Fells’ team, which is part of the National Trust. Their expedition involved an early morning hike up Tongue Gill in order to ensure a full day ‘Lending a Hand.’  

Ian Griffiths from The National Trust said: “The Product team joined our South Lakes Path Team from the Fix the Fells project for a day working on a section of the busy Coast to Coast path that travels from St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay. This path sees thousands of people walk along the route each year, which can take its toll on the fragile landscape.

“On the day Leeds Building Society joined us we worked on a section where people were avoiding the path and walking on the vegetation to the side creating a landscape scar. By the end of the day the group had repaired the scar and ensured subsequent walkers were using the intended path again, thereby helping to protect this historic route for future users.”

The Leeds Building Society's Product Development team during their volunteering day on the Coast to Coast path.