Rail worker volunteers transform Youth Hostel

Youth Hostel grounds in Stratford Upon Avon transformed
S&C South Alliance volunteers at YHA Stratford upon Avon (2)

YHA Stratford upon Avon1Fifty rail workers from Network Rail’s South Alliance transformed the grounds of Stratford upon Avon Youth Hostel recently. They completed more than £10,000 of landscaping and maintenance work in a single day for the youth hostelling charity. And it was all for free.

The mass volunteering day was part of S&C South Alliance’s pledge to donate 1000 man days of volunteering over the next 12 months.

The Network Rail workers brought their skills and enthusiasm to the Youth Hostel, which is based on Wellesbourne Road in Alveston, clearing vegetation, replacing fences and undertaking essential maintenance work.

As well as supplying staff, S&C South Alliance also brought plant and equipment used to maintain the rail network to undertake substantial landscaping work at the Youth Hostel, including transforming a disused area of the carpark into the New Shakespeare’s Amphitheatre. The new outdoor performance area will be used by the hundreds of students and school groups who visit the Youth Hostel as part of their studies each year.

Stephen Dodgson, manager of YHA Stratford upon Avon, said: “I am overwhelmed at what has been achieved in a day by so many people. The work has made a huge difference to the Youth Hostel. The new amphitheatre looks amazing and I can’t wait to see it put to use by the school groups that stay with us. It will make their stay at YHA Stratford upon Avon even more memorable.”