6th June 2017
National land management charity the Land Trust enjoyed a day lopping, snedding and planting at the beautiful Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park.
The annual staff volunteering day saw more than 30 staff from the charity, which owns the site, creating biodiversity-rich green roof planters for the reserve’s bird hides and cutting down tree saplings growing in meadow areas.
The day provided an opportunity for staff from as far afield as Scotland, Dorset, and the head office in Warrington, to find out more about this amazing wetland habitat and the exciting activities that it hosts for the local community.
Alan Carter, Director of Portfolio Management at the Land Trust, said: “The Land Trust owns and manages more than 60 parks, nature reserves and green spaces across the country. We work with our partners to manage these sites for the community and to deliver charitable objectives, so it is important that we get out and do our bit too.”
He added: “There is nothing more motivating for our team than seeing our sites first-hand and working alongside our passionate and committed rangers. It brings the day job to life whilst at the same time creating a real impact.”
The Ecology Park is managed by The Conservation Volunteers and Joanne Smith, Senior Warden said: “The Land Trust team were amazing; they worked so hard and have had a really positive impact on the park. As well as creating six new green roof boxes for our bird hides, which will provide a valuable pollen-rich habitat for bees and butterflies, they even had time to remove several invasive trees that were growing in our meadows.”
Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park is one of the Land Trust’s smallest sites at just two hectares. It is an urban oasis and home to hundreds of different species, including two new-to-the UK bees discovered recently. It is managed on a day-to-day basis by The Conservation Volunteers and is currently fundraising to improve its dedicated educational facilities to improve facilities for the thousands of school children that visit each year and get hands-on with the natural world.
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