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Thetford Conservation Group

Thetford Town Council, The Carnegie, Cage Lane, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2DS
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Thetford Conservation Group is being launched in Thetford aiming to give a wide range of people the chance to get close to nature and help look after some of the town’s fantastic green open spaces – which include a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a scheduled ancient monument, two woodlands and large stretches of beautiful riverside.

Thetford Conservation Group will run free activities every Thursday, with a mixture of practical conservation tasks and opportunities to learn more about local natural history. “You don’t have to be physically fit or strong, or have any previous knowledge or experience in order to take part”, said Thetford Town Council’s new Countryside and Planning Officer Mark Webster, who has been running projects like this since 1993, “Anyone over 18 can join in and make a positive difference for local wildlife.”

The group will tackle a wide variety of tasks, from bringing abandoned allotment plots back into use, to helping conserve rare wildflower species on Barnham Cross Common and planting bulbs and trees. Mayor Brenda Canham, who is also Chair of the Town Council’s Amenities, Land and Property Committee, said “We are very lucky in Thetford to have so many wonderful green spaces freely accessible to the public on our doorsteps. This new group will give local people the chance to meet new people and learn new skills, whilst helping to improve our special wildlife habitats.” 

Anyone interested in joining in with any of the group’s activities should contact Mark Webster via 01842 754 247 or markwebster@thetfordtowncouncil.gov.uk 

November to December 2019 

Sessions run from 10am - 12.30pm and 1pm - 3.30pm on site unless otherwise stated.  Join us for either – or both!  Mobile number to contact us on the day: 07553 388 551.

Date Site Activity Site Meeting Point at 10am AND/OR 1pm
Thursday 21st Nov School Place A light bulb moment - bulb and tree planting to add year-round nectar sources. Car park (provided by Breckland District Council) on A134 Bury Road just east of traffic lights at junction with London Road, IP24 3BN.  WC at bus station.
Thursday 28th Nov Frederick’s Wood What’s the story, understorey?  Bulb and tree planting to enhance the woodland habitat. Play area car park: turn into Fairfields from the Croxton Road, then take the 3rd left turning and go to the end. IP24 1JW.
Thursday 5th Dec Barnham Cross Common A new broom?  Clearing back scrub that is shading out wildflowers. Main (northern) Barnham Cross Common car park, by old playing fields, west side of A134 Bury Road a little further out of town than the Spar garage & shop, IP24 3DZ.
Thursday 12th Dec Barnham Cross Common You’ll get the birch for this – cutting back invasive birch seedlings from the open common land where breckland rarities thrive. Main (northern) Barnham Cross Common car park, by old playing fields, west side of A134 Bury Road a little further out of town than the Spar garage & shop, IP24 3DZ.
Thursday 19th Dec Maine Street Woods The holly and the ivy – although mainly holly!  Make a traditional decorative wreath and maybe grab a cup of Xmas cheer before we go on our merry way home… Maine Street at the junction with Stuart Drive, IP24 3GA: just off A134 Brandon Road, right behind the Premier Inn / Warrener pub.
Thursday 26th Dec ** NO TASK ** *** NO TASK - Enjoy your Boxing Day and New Year!  ***  NEXT TASK Thursday 9th January *** NO TASK TODAY ***

AGE RESTRICTIONS
You must be over 18 to take part. 

BOOKING
You don’t usually have to book, but if you would find it helpful to ask us anything before coming on a project for the first time, please do contact us - see below. 

MEETING POINTS
If you would like a map, or directions to the site, please contact us.

WE PROVIDE
All tools, protective equipment and tea/coffee.  We have a tea-break about halfway through each session (morning and afternoon) and lunch is from 12.30pm to 1pm if you are staying for the whole day.  Please bring your own food for breaks and lunchtime if you wish. If a site has toilets this is indicated on the programme by ‘WC’ in the ‘Site Meeting Point’ column.

PLEASE WEAR
Old work clothes, suitable for the weather.  If you have them, please bring reasonably sturdy shoes or boots, and rainwear.  We provide work gloves.

TETANUS
Please check if your tetanus inoculation is up to date.

If you are interested in wildlife and getting involved in practical work to improve local habitats this would be a great opportunity for you!! 

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