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Volunteers invited to dig in at heathland restoration day in Burntwood

Dave and Sarah Lownes from Burton Conservation Volunteers

Dave and Sarah Lownes from Burton Conservation Volunteers

Volunteers are being urged to give up their time and help restore heathland in Burntwood.

The event on October 23 will be led by Lichfield District Council’s countryside team and Burton Conservation Volunteers at the Ironstone Road heathland.

The day will involve cutting and removing the scrub, weeds and small trees that have grown up on site, which are now smothering and overshadowing the rare heathland plants below.

Councillor Neil Roberts, Lichfield District Council’s cabinet member for development services, said: “This will be a rewarding day spent cutting back and clearing scrub, to make sure the heathland site is preserved. Without this vital work the precious habitat, and all the rare animals it supports, would soon be lost.

“Tools and training will be provided, but please bring along a pair of gardening gloves and remember to wear suitable clothing and footwear. Tea, coffee and snacks will also be provided, but you may want to bring a packed lunch with you, if you are staying for the full day.”

Because of the nature of the work and the tools being used, volunteers must be at least 16 years of age or above. The group will meet at the entrance to Ironstone Road heathland, opposite Fair Lady Drive (WS7 1ZZ) on Stables Way, Chase Terrace, at 10.30am.

Parking is available on the grass verge in font of the site or along Fair Lady Drive. For more information and to confirm you place on the event, contact Denice Deverall on 01543 308183 or email

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