Church benefits from influx of moles in village after catchers donate all proceeds to parish (From The Northern Echo)
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Church benefits from influx of moles in village after catchers donate all proceeds to parish
A PARISH church is reaping the benefit of an influx of moles in village lawns and fields after a father and son team offered to donate all proceeds from a humane trapping service.
Chris Taylor, and 18-year-old son Stephen, from a farm near Welbury, near Northallerton, North Yorkshire, are using their mole-trapping skills in aid of St Leonard’s Church in the village – at £1.50 per trap.
Mr Taylor said the church did a lot of good for the community and housed lots of local groups and activities and he wanted to give something back.
“One of the skills I have learnt over the years is mole trapping and I was surprised by the amount that are plaguing the village at the moment,” he said.
“I have only been doing it for around two weeks but have had to double the amount of mole traps I had because there has been such a demand.
“We are working around the Welbury area and just outside it – some people have had mole problems for years but have not known what to do about it. They can cause a lot of damage, especially for farmers.
“The mole tunnels weaken the ground and can cause cows’ feet to go through them, breaking their legs, which often means the cow has to be put down.
“Mole hills also bring rocks to the surface of the land which can severely damage combine harvesters, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.”
Mr Taylor said he lays humane traps within the mole tunnel.
“You find where a mole mound is then go out about a foot and a half and push your heel into the ground to feel where the tunnel is, then dig down to inset the trap.”
So far Mr Taylor has raised about £30 for the church.
Parochial Church Council secretary Kate Lindo said the church was very grateful for the unusual fundraising effort.
She said: “We are delighted that Mr Taylor and his son Stephen are using their mole catching skills for our benefit by kindly offering to give the proceeds to Welbury Church funds.
“It is increasingly difficult to raise funds for the church so the offer is very welcome, and we are grateful they are using their skills to help the community.”
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