Volunteers go wild to help Tamworth nature reserve!

Wednesday, 19th November 2014

WILDLIFE at a Tamworth Local Nature Reserve (LNR) got a helping hand as residents and helpers got their hands dirty at a special volunteering event.

Despite the damp autumn weather, volunteers from Barclays turned out to lend a helping hand to the Wilnecote Wildlife Conservation Group which is affiliated to the reserve, based in Quarry Hill, off the A5.

The Barclays team and crew of volunteers got to work to cut and clear woodland areas to create two glades.  Opening these glades means more light can get into the woodland, helping to promote natural regeneration while improving the biodiversity of the area. The creation of log piles and a dead hedge from the cut trees also helps provide further habits for wildlife.

Councillor Michelle Thurgood, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “Our nature reserves are a huge credit to the volunteers who give up their time and get involved. It is great to see a big organisation getting involved and lending a helping hand to those people who work tirelessly to maintain and improve the reserves.

“Volunteers are hugely important to the work Tamworth Borough Council does as part of the Wild About Tamworth project; they help to improve these beautiful sites while their enthusiasm and ideas for further improvements are a huge help to our work.”

The Barclays volunteers were employees who got involved as part of the organisation’s commitment to get involved in local causes, while investing in the local community.

Joan Jenkins, a Wilnecote ward councillor and also the chairman of the Wilnecote Wildlife Conservation Group, said: “Despite the showers, the Barclays group and the local volunteers achieved an excellent result with their glade clearing.  Thanks are due to everyone concerned. We have achieved another step in making this area attractive with its varying landscapes. Come and see it – get out there and enjoy.”

Gary Alves from Barclays, said: “We are delighted to have supported Tamworth Borough Council and Wild About Tamworth, and would like to thank everyone who helped us to make this happen.  Alongside our 5 Million Young Futures commitment, Barclays has a fantastic community investment programme that encourages employees to get involved in the causes we care about.  It’s about giving back our skills, time and energy to support our local communities – so we’re thrilled to have taken part.”