Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Common volunteers wanted

Susanne Frost, Countryside Ranger,  will be running some volunteer work parties at Shortheath and Broxhead Commons over the winter months as part of our ongoing efforts to keep trees and scrub at bay and protect the rare habitats at these sites!

These work parties provide an excellent opportunity to enjoy some fresh air and exercise, whilst helping to maintain special heathland and mire habitats for wildlife and for the enjoyment of the local community present and future.

Although you may normally attend work parties at one or other of the sites, you are of course more than welcome to join us at both!

This year I have added in some weekday work parties (on Wednesdays) in a bid to try and help boost the numbers coming along to help out at the sites. We will also have a couple of work parties organised in conjunction with local geocachers, which promise to be good fun as there is always a good turn out to those!

Shortheath Common (meet at the pond car park)
  • Wednesday 24 October 2012, 10am to 1pm
  • Sunday 16 December 2012, 9.30am to 2pm – special work party in conjunction with geocaching group
  • Saturday 12 January 2013, 10am to 1pm
  • Wednesday 20 February 2013, 10am to 1pm
Broxhead Common (meet at the cricket club car park)
  • Wednesday 12 December 2012, 10am to 1pm
  • Sunday 13 January 2013, 9.30am to 2pm – special work party in conjunction with geocaching group
  • Wednesday 6 February 2013, 10am to 1pm
We will aim to finish around the times given above, although if you need to get away earlier you can just let me know on the day. As usual, tools and refreshments will be provided. The exact nature of the work on the day is a bit weather-dependent, and in some cases work parties may have to be cancelled if there isn't a task suitable for the weather conditions. For Shortheath, bring or wear wellies on wet days or if it is due to rain that day (as we will probably be working in the mire on those days). If you are unsure whether a task will be going ahead, or want more information on what we will be doing, please get in touch a day or two before the work party. You don't need to let me know if you plan to come to a particular work party, but it does help with planning refreshments and also means I can let you know if we have to cancel the task for any reason.

If you would like any more information or have any queries then get in touch by email at susanne.frost@hants.gov.uk or on 02392 476411. Also please feel free to circulate these dates to anyone else you think may be interested in coming along.

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