When you hear depressing news about dramatic declines in biodiversity and think ‘well I can’t do anything about that’ – think again! Being a CREOS member, making a donation, or turning up to volunteer on a work day, means more woodland management tasks can be done. Spreading the word about the benefits of woodland management, especially for improving biodiversity in secondary woodland, means that more local people will get to understand that a spot of pruning can bring woodland wildlife flooding in – a very positive thing for us all.
Members and supporters hold working parties that meet at 11am on the third Sunday of each month (except December). We meet at the Hanley Car Park in winter and in the meadow in summer. Workdays are great for community spirit, ideal for anyone wishing to keep fit in the open air and rewarded with a free picnic lunch. We maintain paths, cut back undergrowth and invasive vegetation, remove litter, strim the meadow and arrange for new planting. You are advised to wear outdoor clothing, boots and bring gardening gloves.
Past achievements have included the installation of three benches for peaceful relaxation in the meadow and the creation of a wildlife garden – saplings of trees such as alder buckthorn and buddleia were planted to attract butterflies.