Volunteers tackle overgrown wood

Some of the volunteers
Some of the volunteers
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A DEDICATED team of volunteers helped spruce up a local beauty spot.

Just shy of a dozen people turned up to help give Summerfield’s Woods an early Spring clean, including members of the Bohemia Walled Garden Association, Friends of Summerfield’s Wood, Councillor Dominic Sabetian and Martin Felstead, an officer with Sussex Wildlife.

And, refusing to be deterred by cold, wet and blustery conditions, the team tackled an overgrown area of the woods by Brisco’s Walk at the end of Barnfield Close.

Stuart Alexander, a ranger from Hastings Borough Council, helped organise the event and was delighted with the turnout.

He said: “I would like to say a big thank you to the volunteers who turned up.

“The group did brilliantly and a whole area of woodland was opened up to make it more inviting to people wishing to enter the wood.

“Allowing more light into a woodland encourages a greater variety of plants and hopefully insects and birds to feed there.

“We also uncovered a lot of rubbish and a car seat which had been dumped in the area.”

In a bid to make even more improvements the rangers are appealing for more volunteers.

If you are over 16 and want to help out, the next volunteer task is taking place on March 13 from 10am until 1.30pm.

The rangers will meet volunteers at the entrance to Summerfield’s Leisure Centre and will supply onsite training and refreshments.

Volunteers must wear suitable clothing and can participate for as little or as long as they want.

If you would like further details simply email rangers@hastings.co.uk or ring 01424 451050.

Council leader Jeremy Birch said: “It’s fantastic that people are willing to give up their time to help improve a local green area.”