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Call for volunteers to join conservation event at Chasewater

Volunteers are being urged to dig in at Chasewater Country Park.

The Countryside and Parks Conservation Group (CPCG) is set to spend a day in the great outdoors on November 7 helping to clear scrub and repair the cattle fencing on areas of heathland.

Volunteers at a Chasewater conservation event

Volunteers at a Chasewater conservation event

The group was set up by Lichfield District Council in 2011 to conserve and maintain local parks and green spaces. It is now on the look-out for more volunteers to help at its next event, which runs from 10.30am to 3pm.

Volunteers will spend the day felling small trees from an area of Anglesey Basin as well as repairing and strengthening the livestock fencing, in readiness for a herd of four dwarf cattle to be reintroduced to the Special Site of Scientific Interest in the spring.

Justine Lloyd, Lichfield District Council’s Countryside Manager, said: “The trees have grown too big for the cattle to graze on, which is why the conservation group will be giving them a helping hand to keep the area free of scrub.

“The fences are also in need of some repairs as they’ve been damaged since the site last had cattle on it. With the help of our brilliant volunteers, we’ll be able to make sure the cattle stay in the area of heathland where their grazing is needed most.”

This essential maintenance will allow the rare plants on the site to continue to grow without being overshadowed, and provide a habitat for rare heathland animals.

Ruth Witczak, Lichfield District Council’s Community and Education Officer, added: “We’re always keen to welcome new members to the group, so we’re hoping we get a good number of people to help us with this important work.

“If you’re joining us for this conservation day, remember to wear sturdy outdoor clothes and bring along gardening gloves. We’ll provide hot drinks and biscuits, but you’ll need to bring your own packed lunch or money for the café.”

No skills are needed and volunteers will be given full training, but must be over 18 years of age. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Denice Deverall on 01543 308 183 or email denice.deverall@lichfielddc.gov.uk. The group will meet by the Rangers’ Office, next to the Innovation Centre at Chasewater Country Park.

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