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[04 MAR 99] WARWICKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST PRESS RELEASE
New Trees To Be Planted At Kenilworth Common

On 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."

She added.

"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 breeding."

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 answered".

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.

NOTES

Kenilworth Common is managed as a Nature Reserve by, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust in partnership with Warwick District Council.
   

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