PICTURES: A303 project team take day out for Wildlife volunteering

PICTURES: A303 project team take day out for Wildlife volunteering

Published by Jack Deery at 1:53pm 28th October 2019.

They got out of the office and went to help with the protection of the county's countryside.

The A303 Stonehenge project team visited the Devenish Nature Reserve last Wednesday (16th October 2019) to join volunteers in helping 'coppicing' trees. 

A303 stonehenge project team

The technique is supposed to help with the timber process, creating opportunities for regular harvest in a way that prolongs the life of the tree.

A303 stonehenge project team

Richard Death, Volunteer Warden for Devenish Nature Reserve, said: 

"The Highways England team worked hard, and I was absolutely delighted with results from the day. I am extremely grateful to the team for getting out of the office to support Wiltshire woodland spaces.

Conservation voluntary work is great for mental and physical health – volunteers here get to enjoy the open air surrounded by the natural world, with friendly, and social people. Throughout the day there was a lot of hard work going on, but there was also a lot of laughter and chat – this area has benefited significantly from it."

As part of their work they managed to "fence off" 7 tree stumps, to help protect new growths from being eaten by deer. 

A303 stonehenge project team

Kate Hunt, from the A303 Stonehenge team said: 

"Richard was so enthusiastic, sharing his knowledge of trees and fungi with us and the team of 12 had a fantastic time burning off excess energy with saws, loppers and hand knives.

The end of the day came far too soon but we really made a huge difference to the woodland. I would have no hesitation in recommending others to get involved with volunteering opportunities if they have some free time to give."

A303 stonehenge project team

On Twitter, the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust thanked the group for their work. 

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