Lichfield News – Volunteers needed for heathland management

Lichfield News

Volunteers needed for heathland management

CW Scrub

Published on Friday, 8th November 2013

Council calls for more volunteers to help keep rare heathland at Chasewater Country Park under control.

Ten members of the Countryside and Parks Conservation Group cut down and cleared young trees at a conservation day on Wednesday 6 November 2013.

The day is one of two heathland management events planned this month to help maintain the heathland environment on the north shore of Chasewater Country Park.

Now Lichfield District Council is calling for even more volunteers to get involved in this important work.

The second heathland management day will take place on Thursday 28 November from 10.30am to 3pm. It will involve clearing more trees and having a bonfire to burn all the scrub that has been gathered over the two conservation events.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Development Services, said: “Protecting our heathland is really important, as it is such a rare habitat and one that will be lost from our landscape, along with all the wildlife it supports, unless we work to preserve it.

“For the last six years a local farmer has loan a small herd of cattle to us. We use them to graze on areas of the country park, to help us to keep the heathland clear of scrub.

“After what was our second year of grazing on the north shore, we’re returning the herd of cattle to their farm before the winter sets in. This means that any tree shoots and scrub that were missed need to be cleared, before the cattle come back to the country park early next spring.

“We hope even more people will join us for our next day in the great outdoors, and our thanks to everyone that has volunteered and worked so hard to help us to protect this special site of scientific interest.”

The group will meet at Chasewater Heath Station, which is off the A5190 roundabout on the West side of Burntwood, WS7 3PG.

Hot drinks and snacks will be provided throughout the day, but bringing a packed lunch is recommended.

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or over to take part in this conservation activity. To book your free place, please contact Lichfield District Council’s countryside team by calling Denice Deverall on 01543 308183 or email denice.deverall@lichfielddc.gov.uk

For more information about the Countryside & Parks Conservation Group, please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/cpcg

 Anglesey Basin

Bulb planting day success

Published on Friday, 8th November 2013

More than 25 people lent a hand to plant around 1,500 spring flower bulbs at Chase Terrace Park on Saturday 2 November 2013.

Thanks to a donation of £200 by County Councillor Sue Woodward, through the Staffordshire Local Community Fund, Lichfield District Council’s parks team invited local people to help plant more than 1,500 bulbs at Chase Terrace Park this November.

More than 25 people of all ages volunteered on the day, planting bulbs under the trees and around the main entrance of the park.

Next spring, park users can look forward to seeing English bluebells, snowdrops and daffodils when they come into bloom.

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