22nd Feb, 2019

Going wild in Redditch - Trust's awards for town's hardworking volunteers

ANIMAL lovers from Redditch collected a prestigious award at Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s headquarters last week.

Volunteers Ricky Jeanes, Gary Emms and Pete Burton collected their Wildlife Heroes Award on behalf of Redditch Midweek Conservation after being nominated for helping animals prosper in the town.

The awards were launched in April 2018 with the aim of highlighting and congratulating individuals, groups, communities, businesses and schools that have helped wildlife during the last 50 years.

Redditch Midweek Conservation was formed more than 20 years ago to work on greenspaces – with work supervised by Redditch Borough Council who also buy the group’s tools.

The volunteers work on the many wildlife, and publicly accessible, areas of Redditch.

Accomplishments include managing a coppice rotation in Wirehill Woods, laying hundreds of metres of hedges at Bordesley Meadows and mowing a number of small meadow areas to build up the wildflower populations.

They are also responsible for managing the blackthorn growth in Morton Stanley Park so butterflies can flourish.

A representative from Redditch Borough Council’s Parks Team said “The Redditch Midweek Conservation Group play an important role in helping the council deliver its ‘Stewardship Programme’ throughout Arrow Valley County Park and Morton Stanley Park.

“We thank the group for their continued support, expertise and hard work in helping deliver the various schemes such as hedge laying and habitat management.

“We look forward to continued partnership working with this valuable and committed group of volunteers.”

More information about the awards and details on how to nominate someone can be found on www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/wildlife-heroes or by contacting Sadie on 01905 754919.

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