New volunteers are busily getting stuck in at the Barnet Environment Centre, thanks to a grant from Barnet Giving. The ‘Make a Difference Weekend’ held on 14-15th October saw nine new volunteers join existing regulars to cut a pathway through the meadow to facilitate the building of the hospice Noah’s Ark. Work was also undertaken elsewhere with younger volunteers working right across the weekend to help clear up the autumn leaves. Meadow management has been an important part of the Centre’s autumn and winter programme, as has the refurbishment of Skater Pond. Both of these areas will be used in the Centre’s rapidly expanding Education programme which has seen pupils from more than 54 primary schools take advantage of the Centre’s plentiful learning resources. Said a Year One teacher at local primary school Foulds: “The children particularly enjoyed how practical and hands-on the sessions were. The science was really brought to life giving the children a meaningful experience they could relate to”.