LOCAL wildlife and insects stand a better chance of survival this winter thanks to a volunteer team from Bradford laundry and chemical manufacturing company Christeyns.

The eight-strong team helped one of the city’s charitable youth and homeless venues to develop its wildlife garden in the grounds of St Stephen’s Church, West Bowling, by building a wooden fence to ensure the grass could grow and the wood piles would be protected for hibernating wildlife.

The project was organised by Bradford-based resources and support charity Participate Projects, which works to regenerate the most deprived areas, supporting individuals and communities. It was a joint operation between the Macmillan Adventure Playground Association (MAPA) and Shine at St Stephen’s, which acts as a shelter for the homeless during the winter months and as a year-round venue for youth engagement and social wellbeing activities. The St Stephen’s Church and grounds contain amenities such as an outdoor football pitch and an indoor snooker table.

The Christeyns volunteers were Arianna Hunter, Isabelle Letrez, John Baskerville, Chris Stakes, Chris Reed, Emma Hill and Maureen Burke, led by Steve Wilson.