The trails along the Blackwater at Benburb valley have been transformed lately providing a glimpse into the past and a throwback to its former glory days when a team of locals worked the site. A combination of natures growth and a lack of activity led to a “sleeping beauty” effect with paths and trails blocked and hidden from view for years. A walk today reveals an improved site that is more inviting and enjoyable to journey round.This work has not been the result of a “cash for ash”, or indeed from any grandiose public investment scheme. It has resulted from a community lead approach requiring a team of volunteers who graft daily on site with a simple desire to change and improve their local area. They are supported and encouraged by the local community, the servites at Benburb Priory and on the ground by Alliance Youth Works, who all help co ordinate the projects.This area is of interest to many groups like the local fishermen and women at Benburb who all try to do their bit to look after this large diverse site. Children from local schools are now able to enjoy activities outdoors in a safer and improved site thanks to the many unnoticed “silent” volunteers.If you enjoy outdoor activities and want to take up something new to start the year, why not drop down to see Alyn in Benburb Castle on Tuesday 31st January. Drop by at 7.30pm for information on current projects and you are very welcome to get involved. Volunteering is very rewarding and requires only a little contribution of your time. The payback is often longer and much more valuable than any RHI scheme.