Willing wildlife lovers and Sue Ryder supporters helped to create wildlife habitats at 40 Acre Field on Wednesday morning.
The morning was organised by Ilona Livarski, Henley Town Council Conservation Park Warden with Henley in Transition which now incorporates Henley Wildlife Group and Sue Ryder. The site located off Tilebarn close is owned by Henley Town Council and leased to Henley in Transition and Sue Ryder for a memorial wood.
Ilona said, “The site was quite overgrown so we decided to make it a group effort to tidy up the site. I cut the bottom section near the picnic tables and cut pathways through the trees to create a circular walk using a power scythe. Then on Wednesday volunteers from Sue Ryder and Henley in Transition came to rake up the cuttings. We then used these cuttings to create habitat piles which invertebrates, small mammals and possibly grass snakes may use for shelter.Volunteer conservation days are one of my favourite parts of the job as it’s a great time to make people aware of wildlife in the town! It was a great day so thank you to everyone who came along.”
One of the volunteers, Teresa Edwards said, “After being a patient in the Well-being clinic at Nettlebed Sue Ryder for approx 18 months four years ago I wanted to give something back to them so when I saw their request for volunteers to help clear the area I jumped at the chance. It was a wonderful experience and fantastic team effort by all who were there and we certainly made a difference in a short amount of time.”
Sally Rankin from Henley in Transition said, “The main reason for doing this was to make the area more inviting for people visiting the Henley in Transition trees at the top and the Sue Ryder woodland lower down. With luck, this will also improve the area for wildlife by knocking back the ranker grasses and the nettles. The raking has left some bare soil which should enable a greater variety of seeds to germinate. We had volunteers from HiT, Sue Ryder and IHS Markit and research into economics. It was a really good turnout and we got more raking done than we anticipated.”
If anyone is interested in volunteer days like this please contact Henley in Transition at firstname.lastname@example.org