The real Groundforce TO coincide with National Volunteers Week, the Brighouse based United Co-op Yorkshire Brass Band is turning its back on musical matters next week and downing instruments and picking-up gardening tools as it leads the way in the regeneration of the Hanson Lane Memorial Garden in Halifax. The Garden, which is a memorial to the Halifax Bomb Blast in 1940, 50 years of independence of Pakistanis in Halifax and a memorial to Diana Princess of Wales is in need of desperate regeneration and thanks to the band’s sponsors United Co-operatives, the band itself, Voluntary Action Calderdale and a Better Neighbourhood Grant from B&Q, the garden will receive the groundforce treatment from the band, with a full makeover taking place on Saturday 4 June. The band’s sponsors, United Co-operatives, is renowned for becoming involved with community projects and members of the band also decided they would like to be involved with a non-musical community project. Said the band’s secretary Tabby Clegg: “The band will be heading the work on the garden and, once the whole area is cleaned up and dug over, it will be re-planted and developed into a peaceful area which can be appreciated and used as a place of reflection. Members of the band will be undertaking the work along with some of our sponsors and hopefully members of the local area in Hanson Lane and Pellon Lane in Halifax will come and join in.” The band has also been supporting other local causes by donating books to its local branch of Lloyds TSB where they are being sold to raise money for cancer charities.