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Heather has returned to Sheen Common

Categories: East Sheen,East Sheen News,Environment

A group of volunteers have received a grant to improve environmental habitats on East Sheen Common.

The Conservation Volunteers have received funding from Richmond Parish Lands charity to improve the pond on the common, replace the small bridge, make improvements to the hazel coppice area and create a new amphibian friendly environment.

This follows the discovery of wild heather (Calluna vulgaris) on the common. Heather was last seen on the site 150 years ago when it was primarily acid grassland, a UK priority habitat before it became a wooded area. Alongside the Friends of Sheen Common, The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) will now focus on removing the bramble and scraping back the leaf litter to clear the way for this historic grassland to return to the area.

Calluna vulgaris (Photo: Wikipedia)

Would you like to help The Conservation Volunteers? Please do get in touch with them. “We are not only working to improve the Common for local wildlife but the local community as well. A large part of what TCV is about is engaging volunteers to take action in their local green spaces. For anyone who is interested in taking part in this project, your help is very welcome and there is always a cup of tea waiting when you need it!” — said TCV Project Officer Laura Brackenbury.

For more information about The Conservation Volunteers, go to:

Author: Bori Kiss

Bori has been a member of the ESV team for a few years now. She loves long walks in Richmond Park and coffee that's not too hot to drink.