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Burntwood scouts join conservation effort at Chasewater

Scouts in Burntwood have been given a helping hand to earn their global conservation badges.

The 1st Burntwood Scout Troop

The 1st Burntwood Scout Troop

Lichfield District Council’s countryside team joined forces with the 1st Burntwood Scout Troop to lead conservation work at Chasewater Country Park.

The 25-strong troop, aged between 10 and 14 years of age, spent two evening sessions in the summer learning about the heathland habitat – a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The Leader of 1st Burntwood Scout Troop, said

“Working towards a global conservation badge is a really valuable lesson, as it helps our scouts to think about the world around them, and the work it takes to maintain certain landscapes. We have a hard working troop, who threw all their energy into the job in hand and really enjoyed the experience.”

Biodiversity Officer, Chris Walsh, also showed the scouts how to cut, collect and remove scrub, to make sure the heather and wild grass thrives on the heathland.

Chris said:

“To protect this rare and beautiful habitat from getting overtaken by bracken and tree shoots, it’s essential that we manage the site well and regularly cut back the scrub. The scouts really impressed us with their commitment to nature conservation.

“I am pleased they all achieved their badges as they worked really hard and certainly deserved them. The troop is welcome back anytime to help us with our ongoing conservation works.”

Using their knowledge, the scouts made posters about heathland conservation, which will be displayed at Chasewater Innovation Centre in the near future.

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