We are an active group that loves Petersfield Heath. Our main objective is to help Petersfield Town Council to conserve and manage Petersfield Heath as an area of natural heathland, grassland, woodland and water for the enjoyment of all who use it.
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This season (2018/19) we hope to achieve more and provide greater flexibility for our volunteers by working almost every Sunday from September to March. Working within the framework of the Heath Management Plan, our remit includes biodiversity and habitat management together with monitoring work.
In the winter months we work on maintaining the mosaic of habitats on the heath, by controlling the encroachment of saplings and bramble into the open areas, heather management, cutting of brash, and raking. Prunings, whips and other brash are often woven into dry hedges.
Some summer tasks, such as path restoration and bracken control, are carried out on an ad hoc basis when the work is required. This is all great experience for young people hoping to develop a career in ecology/conservation.
Whilst all sessions are dependent on weather, most work goes ahead as planned. You do not need special skills and all ages are welcome. Young people under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
Tools and gloves are provided together with the all-important mid-morning coffee.