Wow! Here we are 1 year on. How did we get here and what’s next?
The idea of a conservation project in the area originally came from Tamzin Lafford and
Roger Clubley. With support from Sedgefield Development Trust, NetPark, Durham
County Council and local volunteers, the idea became a reality.
This time last year the
first packs of native trees, given to us from The Woodland Trust, were being planted
on site by a group of hardy volunteers. The continuing support from all involved is
very much appreciated and allows the project to grow and develop.
At the end of March we will be receiving another ‘wildlife’ pack of 420 trees. Planting
will possibly happen on 23/24th March, a more definite date and time will be
advertised on Facebook and there will be posters up in the village. Hopefully the
weather will be more favourable than last year! We will also do a litter pick during the
planting days and volunteers will be on hand to talk about the project should anyone
new wish to know more.
During the winter we have welcomed many new volunteers, who range in age, talent,
knowledge and the time they can give. As the weather warms up and spring activity
starts on site we look forward to meeting and working with everyone who has
expressed a recent interest. So, what else does the future hold for the project?
As well as weed clearing, we will carry out
another botanical survey to measure our impact;
we also hope to carry out a wildlife survey,
which may involve installing motion sensor
cameras. Continuing to build wildlife habitats is
also in our plans, so do get in touch if you have
ideas of how to support and develop the ecology
of the site.
We are now on twitter and already have many
followers. It is comforting to see we are among
others trying to make a positive difference by
making space and time for nature. “When it
comes to wildlife, caring is no longer enough,
we’ve got to take action. Getting out, getting
connected and getting involved in good citizen
science is one great way of doing this.” Chris
Packham, Naturalist & Winterwatch presenter.
If you are interested in joining in the activities of the Woodland and Wildlife group, would like to join in the conversations over e-mail, or for more information, please contact email@example.com. Alternatively, if you are on Facebook please search for 'Woodland and Wildlife - Sedgefield' and then request to join the page.