Workis underway to protect Chasewater Country Park from fires during the summer.
Lichfield District Council have enlisted the help of local farmer Eric Derry to create a series of fire breaks by cutting sections out of heather and scrub. These gaps in the undergrowth will help to prevent fire from spreading, should one start at the country park.
Councillor Neil Roberts, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Development Services, said:
“As a Site of Special Scientific Interest, it is vital that we protect Chasewater Country Park’s heathland, which is home to a number of rare plants and animals.
“It is regrettable that we have to take this precautionary action, but we know that fire is a risk at heathland habitats. In fact, only last week (April 22) our Countryside officers had to call Staffordshire Fire Service when they noticed a small fire at Chasewater. Luckily the fire was put out quickly and did not spread far.
“This just confirms how necessary these fire breaks are.”