Ragwort Picking – Direct Line Group Volunteer Day 2023

During July 2023 a team of Direct Line Group employees used their corporate volunteering day to help clear ragwort from all the fields at the New Lodge Riding (RDA) Centre. Ragwort is a highly dangerous plant to horses and this time of year it is everywhere. Generally, horses won’t choose to eat it due to its bitter taste however, it can be mistakenly eaten when amongst grazing. This was a long hard day of manual labour but is an important job to help keep the horses healthy and happy! The team have spent their volunteering days over the past few years here. With the hard work they’ve put in, they’ve helped to reduce the ragwort growth and protect the animals which are so important to the charity