Winter work paying off at Peascroft Wood

Monday 16th February 2015

Peascroft Wood - photo by Alison WilkesWork paying off at Peascroft Wood

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country’s staff and volunteers have been hard at work transforming Peascroft Wood in Bilston and are inviting locals to see the results this month.

The work is being done in a 3-year project in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council and largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to improve this treasured natural space. Already the work has seen a large amount of bramble and scrub cleared from where there used to be a meadow, opening up the area to allow more sunlight into the glade to encourage a wider diversity of wildflowers along with a variety of butterflies and other insects. A number of residents remember the area as a perfect place for a picnic - a 'habitat' The Trust is aiming to restore. Volunteers have also been helping with thinning trees, clearing paths and re-introducing more species of native flowers to the woodland.

Reserve Officer Alison Wilkes leads volunteer days every Thursday and also on the fourth Sunday of each month. She has been very impressed with the enthusiasm shown by local people for the work that they’re doing:

“It’s been great building up a group of people who are keen to come and help us with this work to improve the wood, but we’re always keen to see more volunteers joining us.

“Peascroft Wood is obviously a place close to the heart of many local people and we’re sure that they will enjoy seeing the effects of all the improvements we’re making. I hope to see lots of people at the guided walk on 22nd February when they can learn more about the wildlife that lives there and ask questions about what we’re planning for the site and why.”

Anyone wishing to get involved with volunteering at Peascroft Wood should email Alison Wilkes alison.w@bbcwildlife.org.uk or call 0121 454 1199.
 

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