Sunday 7 March Warwickshire Wildlife Trust with the assistance of volunteers from the
local community hope to plant over 100 native trees and shrubs such as hazel, birch and
oak at Kenilworth Common Local Nature Reserve.
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Warwick District Council have recently started a 5 year
programme of positive woodland management to improve the wildlife value of Kenilworth
Common with the support of the Forestry Authority.
In early February Warwickshire Wildlife Trust employed a contractor to selectively
remove sycamore trees within a small area in the western half of the Common. Sycamores,
which are a non-native species, are very invasive and have little wildlife value. They
cast a heavy shade on the ground restricting the growth of other plants. These sycamores
are to be replaced by the new native trees and shrubs.
Reserves Officer, Sophie Lloyd said,
"Local people are invited to play, a part in this conservation work and help with
planting the new trees and shrubs. After all many hands make light work. Please don't
forget to come prepared with a thick pair of gloves and tough boots."
"These new native trees will bring long term benefits to the woodland and those
who visit the Common with an increase in the diversity of wildlife. This part of the
woodland will become more attractive to butterflies and birds for feeding and
Jon Holmes, contract manager for Warwick District Council said,
"Its good to see all the planning and consultation coming together with practical
management with benefits to all; come and help on the 7th and any questions will be
If you would like more information about our work at Kenilworth Common and how you can
help, please contact the Trust's Reserve Team on (01203) 308979.