Our Belfast team took advantage of the good weather and used their volunteering day to paint a spade mill.
Patterson’s Spade Mill (located close to Belfast International Airport) is the last working water-driven spade mill in daily use in the UK. The Patterson family started making spades in 1695 and these skills were passed down through generations until 1990. When the last of the Patterson’s spade makers passed away, the Mill was taken over by the National Trust. The mill itself is fascinating with equipment from over 200 years ago still in situ and working until recently.
Half the volunteer group worked on clearing a small garden area at the back of the building. Their hard work has paid off. It’s looking particularly fabulous for the mill’s re-opening in the coming weeks.