Reed planters needed for Worcestershire wetland project

by GreenWire.org.uk. Published Fri 29 May 2009 11:34
Managing wetlands can increase biodiversity and lessen flooding risk

A Pershore-based wetland creation scheme is looking for local volunteers to help with the next stage of the project – planting 50,000 reeds.

The giant planting session will take place at Avon Meadows over the weekend of 20th and 21st June, supported by local residents, the staff and pupils of Pershore College, and several organisations including the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Pershore Market Town Partnership and Wychavon District Council, which owns part of the site.

The Pershore wetland has been designed by wildlife experts and the council, with input from the community, and is located on a 24-hectare site on the edge of the town. The grassland, which forms part of the natural floodplain, has already been transformed with pools and ditches that have attracted a range of different birds, and the reeds will increase biodiversity as well as lessening flooding.

Pershore residents have already got stuck in to a variety of conservation tasks from clearing rubbish off the site to cutting back vegetation, but organisers are now looking for more local groups and businesses to get involved with the mammoth reed planting session. The reeds are currently being grown at Pershore College from seeds collected locally.

Jurjen Annen, Water and Wetlands Officer for Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, said: “This project is great news for the community in Pershore as well as the wildlife in this area. It has been amazing how so many different organisations have become excited about the benefits of this project and contributed either financially, with advice or in person. It would be great if many more local groups and businesses could join us for a few hours of reed planting soon.”

Local resident David Shaw added: “This project is great for the environment but it's also fun to be involved with and at the end of it we'll have a beautiful and exciting space to visit. Some of us will even be involved in the future management of the wetland.”

Any remaining reeds after 21st June will be planted by partnership staff and local schools over the following week. The Pershore project is part of a much larger-scale plan by the Wetlands West Partnership to restore floodplain wetlands along the Severn and Avon rivers through Worcestershire and Gloucestershire



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Comments about Reed planters needed for Worcestershire wetland project

Pictures and a slideshow of the wetlands wildlife in 2010 can be found at www.valedesign.co.uk/Pershore wetlands
Peter Goggins, Pershore around 3 years, 5 months ago


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