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Call to support restoration work at Wigmore Heath

News release 8463, published on 29 May 2019
Anybody interested in supporting vital work to restore the habitat at Wigmore Heath in Tadley is invited to a public meeting on Thursday 20 June.

Many people showed interest in the project during a recent public consultation on declaring Wigmore Heath a Local Nature Reserve and the meeting, at Tadley Community Centre at 7pm, will give them the opportunity to show their support.

Restorative ecological work was carried out at Wigmore Heath, a Site of Interest for Nature Conservation, after fires broke out last summer causing damage to plants and wildlife.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and volunteers cleared the burned remains and scraped off the damaged top soil during the winter months to reactivate the heather in the soil below and support the protected plants and animals.

Part of the restoration work will include the felling of up to one hectare of thin birch, pine and holly from around the edges of the open heathland to increase the size of this important habitat and create open views across much of the area.

Cabinet Member for Planning, Infrastructure and Natural Environment Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “Unfortunately, in recent years the site has become very overgrown and has suffered from antisocial behaviour.

“But when this important work to restore the habitat is completed, not only will the wildlife flourish but local residents will once again have a lovely open space to enjoy.

“I hope local people who are interested in supporting the vital restoration project will attend the public meeting on 20 June to find out more about future volunteering opportunities at Wigmore Heath.”

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