Volunteer organisations are crucial for the conservation and safeguarding of our countryside and it is thanks to the hard work and commitment of the individuals involved, that our green and pleasant land remains exactly that. Here at Hog Roast Holmes Chapel, we spend a lot of time catering in rural locations and we have a great deal of admiration for people who are willing to give up their free time to go out and there and make a difference. That’s why we were delighted when we were asked to cook for a group of volunteers who trawl the length and breadth of the local countryside, helping to rebuild dry stone walls that have fallen into a state of disrepair. They work hard in all weather conditions and Duncan, the Volunteer Coordinator of a local conservation group, decided it was high time his volunteers were rewarded for their efforts.
He hired Hog Roast Holmes Chapel to lay on one of our bountiful buffets at their volunteer HQ because for Duncan, we ticked all the boxes- we can provide fresh, fabulous locally-sourced food at any rural location and we have an impressive reputation of being a very environmentally-friendly catering company. We bring everything with us and take it all away again when we leave, without remotely disturbing the landscape around us. For Duncan, this was definitely a winning combination and he couldn’t wait to see us in action and taste our food!
Duncan rounded up his troops for the afternoon, who were all really touched that he had organised a special treat for them. Instead of spending a gruelling day heaving heavy stones around, they were relaxing at their base camp with some fantastic food! As our ethically-reared pork was nearing its slow-roasted perfection, the group told us more about what they do, and we were happy to answer their questions about our own diligent cleaning practices when we are catering in the countryside!
It was a great day spent with people who thoroughly deserved a Hog Roast Holmes Chapel treat for how hard they work to maintain the local countryside’s dry-stone walls!