Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Good Old Hastings Volunteers

Owen and Susanne who helped us out with our conservation work last year
have been busy again and have sent me this report.

Ride Improvements in Flatropers Wood

Here are the Hastings Conservation Volunteers in action, widening a
ride in Flatropers Wood on Sunday, 23rd October - much appreciated by
a few curious Red Admirals and a lazy dragonfly.

Our group works every Sunday on various nature reserves in the Rother
area, maintaining habitat by cutting bracken, bramble and rhododendron
and copping trees to encourage regeneration. The group is led by Dr
Owen Johnson, one of Britain's foremost experts on trees and author of
the Collins Tree Guide and other tree books.

We are only a handful of regulars and would love some more people to
join us. The advantages are manifold:
- Bracing keep-fit activities, completely free of charge!
- You will help improve Rother's natural environment, thus encouring
butterflies and other wildlife.
- You can benefit from Owen's boundless knowledge of the natural
world, which encompasses not only trees, but also flowers and grasses,
birds and butterflies.

We meet (almost) every Sunday at 9.30 am at Hastings train station,
where you can get a lift or join us on site for a morning, an
afternoon or a full day. Please contact Owen on 01424 426986 or at
member@ojohnson.freeserve.co.uk for a programme or further details.

(Article by Susanne Whiting; Oct 2011)

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