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Volunteers urged to help conserve heathland at Chasewater

Volunteers are being urged to help keep rare heathland at Chasewater under control.

Ten members of Lichfield District Council’s Countryside and Parks Conservation Group have already cut down and cleared young trees at a conservation day earlier this month.

More people are being asked to lend a hand from 10.30am to 3pm on November 28.

The day 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 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 place call Denice Deverall on 01543 308183 or email denice.deverall@lichfielddc.gov.uk.

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