Throughout its history, Girlguiding has been associated with service to the community – and 32nd Rochdale Guides have continued this tradition by working alongside Healey Dell Countryside Rangers on an environmental project that will help conserve local wildlife.

The Guides, aged 13-14 years old, are working on the highest award a Guide can achieve – the Baden-Powell Challenge – and chose to support a local charity as part of this challenge. It was decided that they would like to help Healey Dell Nature Reserve by completing a practical activity to benefit the environment.

Six Guides and their Leaders volunteered their time on Saturday 1st March, to help cut back the Ash re-growth using loppers and saws, and use it to create a habitat spiral – a large structure where insects and small mammals can shelter. Healey Dell Ranger Richard Whittle said: ‘Healey Dell is maintained by a team of countryside rangers and volunteers – it’s great that young people from the area are choosing to get involved too. The Guides have worked really hard, and should be proud of their efforts in helping the community.’

Hollie, aged 13 said: ‘It was fun today, I learnt how to build a habitat spiral, and chop a tree down! I got very muddy but it was worth it, because we’re making a difference. I would definitely do it again!

Girlguiding gives girls and young women their own space to have fun, be themselves, build brilliant friendships and gain skills, as well as being able to shout out about things that are important to them.