PARK rangers raked in the help of the local community with an Olympic style event.
As many as 40 children and adults gathered on Wepre Park, Connah’s Quay yesterday for the Roast, Rake and Mini Bale Olympics to help rake out the meadows and get a sample of life as a Flintshire countryside ranger.
Everybody mucked in with traditional tools, including rakes and scythes to cut away the long grass on the park meadows.
Flintshire countryside ranger, Tim Johnson, said: “This is essentially a community event. It brings everybody together.
“This brings the kids out while they’re still off school and gets people experiencing what it’s like to use actual tools rather than machines.
“We’re holding races, demonstrations, Olympic-style games for the children and a barbecue.
“There’s also some adult games at the end to keep them involved as well.”
The Roast, Rake and Mini Bale Olympics has proved to be popular in the past and organisers were keen to use some of the good feeling left over from Britain’s sporting achievements to expand the day and attract more volunteers.
The games included races to cut down grass and throwing and rolling bales of hay down the hills at Wepre Park.
“This is the first year we’ve scaled up.
“We wanted to use the Olympic spirit from the last year to get more people involved and increase our reach,” said Mr Johnson..
“It’s allowed us to go from 20 people coming to 40 this year.
“It’s nice to see that community spirit coming through and so many people involved,” he added.
Jordan Miller, 21, who works in a youth group and travelled from Prestatyn, said: “I didn’t expect to be getting stuck in so much with the tools but it has been good.”