Nature Conservation work by volunteers in Lichfield
29th November 2010
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Lots of people, kitted out in their gardening gear, descended on Christian Fields on Sunday 14 November 2010.


The volunteers took part in a busy day of conservation work to create a hedgerow. They also got involved in cutting back trees and clearing scrub at the district’s first official Local Nature Reserve.


The group was made up of Lichfield District Council’s countryside team, Burton Conservation volunteers and local residents.


Councillor Neil Roberts, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Development Services, said: “Hedge laying is an important traditional skill and it is wonderful to see it taking place at Christian Fields. I would like to thank all the volunteers for devoting their free time to improve our first Local Nature Reserve.”


Lichfield District Council is also keen to remind nature lovers that it will be clearing scrub from various sites across the district this winter.


Scrub will be removed from the district’s two sites of special scientific interest - Gentleshaw Common and Chasewater Heaths, as well as Warf Lane, Ironstone Road, Pipehill Common and Muckley Corner Common.


The scrub, such as tree shoots, bracken and general undergrowth, needs to be cleared so it does not take over, reverting these rare heathland areas back into unmanaged woodland.  


The work will be carried out by a mixture of contractors, volunteers and the council’s countryside team.


To find out more, please contact Chris Walsh, Biodiversity Officer at Lichfield District Council, on 01543 308164 or email

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