Harrogate group's 'faith in community' restored after response to vandal attack on Stonefall information board

Hookstone and Stonefall Action Group says its "faith in the community" has been boosted by a flood of support to restore Stonefall Park's information board  which was badly damaged by vandals.

Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 12:28 pm
HASAG says it thrilled that the information board in Stonefall Park in Harrogate has now been restored.

After issuing a successful public plea for help, HASAG says it thrilled to announce that the information board in Stonefall Park that was badly damaged by vandals, has now been restored.

A local Company, Platinum Print, came forward and offered to repair the damage at no cost.

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HASAG says it was totally taken aback by such a generous offer.

Coun Pat Marsh, chairman and co-founder of Hookstone and Stonefall Action Group said: "The results of that work are clear for everyone to see and enjoy again

"It has restored our faith in our community.

"When we saw the devastation created by these mindless people, we thought it would take a lot of time to fund raise to repair but Platinum Print came to our rescue and we and the wider community, cannot thank them enough.

"Other generous donations we received will be offered back to those very kind people who immediately responded when the whole incident occurred.

"We do live in such a great community and we will continue to work both in Stonefall Park and Hookstone Woods for their benefit.

HASAG – Hookstone and Stonefall Action Group - was set up in November 2015 by local residents and two ward councillors to enhance two area of open space – Hookstone Wood and Stonefall Park, which was a former refuse tip.

The mature woodland of Hookstone Wood requires conservation work to the trees and scrubland, ponds, a feature ‘Willow Bridge’ and the many, sometimes boggy, footpaths used by dog walkers, children and walkers.

Projects undertaken by HASAG so far have included:

Great British Spring Clean.

Pruning of the overgrown willow bridge.

Funding has been obtained from grants from the Borough and County Councils, as well as private concerns

Future plans include the surfacing of footpaths to make the area more accessible, which will take some considerable time.

Anyone who would like to volunteer for Hookstone and Stonefall Action Group should email [email protected]

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