A steep piece of ground adjacent to the Warkworth Showgrounds has been reclaimed, thanks to the efforts of a local contractor who offered to do the work for free.
The Warkworth Pony Club asked Jethro Drum, of Drumex Earthmoving and Cartage, to quote on clearing the gorse-infested paddock so it could once again offer club riders a cross country course. However, when Drum saw the job, he offered to do it for free.
“I like to do things for local clubs when I can,” he said. The job took about two days, with some of the gorse being over four metres high. Ongoing maintenance, including spraying and mowing, will be the responsibility of the club.
The gorse-clearing uncovered rustic style cross country fences which had been buried under the scrub for years. Club president Katherine MacDonald says the work removes an eyesore and will benefit not only club members, but dog walkers as well.
“Thank goodness there are people like Jethro in our community,” MacDonald says. “We very grateful for his generosity, which means we can now use now this area for events and rallies.”