November’s CPCG conservation days

Volunteers needed to help at two conservation events in Lichfield District this November.

Lichfield District Council is inviting adults to lend a hand at two upcoming Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (CPCG) events.

The first conservation day of the month is running on Wednesday 5 November at Muckley Corner in Lichfield. As it is taking place on Bonfire Night, the group will work to gather and burn scrub and small trees that have been collected at previous conservation events.

The group will also continue to cut, clear and crown lift trees and scrub re-growth on the site to make sure Muckley Corner Common’s rare heathland plants stay healthy and have plenty of room to grow.

Councillor Andrew Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “Nature conservation is a great way to work as a group to boost important local natural habitats. It also offers a chance to meet new people and to learn new skills.”

The second CPCG day of the month is on Wednesday 19 November at Saddlers Wood in Lichfield. It will involve crown lifting and selective thinning of the overgrown and unmanaged woodland.

These works will create glades within the woodland to allow it to naturally regenerate by letting sunlight through the canopy. By improving the health of the woodland more micro-habitats will be created, allowing more plant and animal species to find a home in the wood.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Development, said: “We are grateful to our CPCG volunteers who continue to help us to maintain important parks and green spaces across the district. We’re always keen for more people to join the group, so if you are interested in nature conservation, please contact us to find out how to get involved.”

Both days will run from 10.30am to 3pm. All tools will be provided as well as light snacks. Wearing outdoor waterproof clothes and sturdy footwear is recommended.

To find out more please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/cpcg

To book your free place, please call Denice Deverall at Lichfield District Council on 01543 308183 or email countryside@lichfielddc.gov.uk