Conservation Works Continue at Siblyback Lake

 

South West Lakes Trust (SWLT) Countryside Wardens and local volunteers have planted approximately 120 metres of native hedge along the edge of the overflow camping field at Siblyback Lake, with a further 170 metres to plant along the edge of the dog exercise field.

SWLT Warden, Nigel Tomkinson, said “Once established, the hedge will form a valuable ecological link to the areas of open access and improve habitats for wildlife. Standards, trees which are allowed to grow on above the height of the hedge, have also been planted at 6 metre intervals, to give the hedge a more traditional look and create opportunities for additional habitat. The hedge will also offer a more secluded and sheltered experience for campers. This habitat improvement would not have been possible without the dedication of our volunteers, who undertook a day of back-breaking work to get the 120 metres planted. I cannot thank them enough.”

The trees where supplied through a Hedgerow Grant Scheme from the Woodland Trust and contain traditional hedgerow species such as hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel and field maple, with standards including oak and alder.

Planting works in the dog exercise area is due to continue next week (w/c 20 February), which will include the installation of a post and wire fence to not only protect the hedge, but to allow dog walkers to safely continue to exercise their dogs in this area.

If you would like to volunteer to help in this project, or other projects that South West Lakes Trust are currently involved in, please call 01566 771930 or email info@swlakestrust.org.uk.

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