CPCG conservation events to start 2015

A group of volunteers is set to kick off 2015 with two sessions of conservation work at Darnford Park and Beacon Park this February.

Lichfield District Council’s Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (or CPCG for short) volunteer to help maintain local parks and green spaces across the district.

Following the success of last year’s added days to the programme, volunteers will continue to roll up their sleeves twice a month to help cut back scrub, maintain woodland, create paths and more.

The first event of 2015 will take place on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 February at Darnford Park from 10.30am to 3pm. The event will see CPCG join forces with Lichfield District Council’s parks team and Burton Conservation Volunteers.

The volunteers will learn about various hay meadow and woodland management techniques, take part in traditional hedge laying, maintain and replace small native trees, and make a natural bench out of a recently fallen lime tree.

The second event of the month is on Wednesday 18 February from 10.30am to 3pm. Taking place at Beacon Park, it will see CPCG work together with the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty volunteers to take part in watercourse management. The two volunteer groups will don their wellies to maintain the Leomansley Brook in Beacon Park’s woodland.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “The Countryside & Parks Conservation Group does a fantastic job in helping us to look after and improve the district’s parks and green spaces. The first events of the year will help to maintain Darnford Park and Beacon Park, and give the group a chance to work together with other conservation volunteers.”

The Countryside & Parks Conservation Group is open for anyone over 18 years of age. However, the conservation work at Darnford Park is open to everyone and all are welcome, but anyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult. All tools are provided as well as light snacks. Wearing outdoor waterproof clothes and sturdy footwear or wellies is recommended.

To book your place on this free event or to join the CPCG mailing list, please call Peter Freeman, Park Ranger for Lichfield District Council on 01543 308846 or email peter.freeman@lichfielddc.gov.uk