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Green Fingered Volunteers Needed for Priory Country Park

Wednesday 3rd March

 

Are you interested in helping to look after one of the most picturesque parts of Bedford? Can you spare four hours a month?

If the answer to both of those questions is yes, then the team of Rangers at Bedford Borough Council’s Priory Country Park want to hear from you!

They’re looking for volunteers to get involved with their second session of the year as they continue their work to keep the park a beautiful and safe place to enjoy.

On Sunday 7th March, helpers are needed to coppice the willow around the main lake. This involves cutting the willow close to its base and removing branches blocking light from the reed beds, which provide an excellent habitat for all sorts of wildlife.

Some of the willow collected on the day will then be used by school children in Bedford to build a willow tunnel for their playground.

Councillor Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for the Environment at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Bedford has four parks which have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award.

“Priory Country Park has been given Green Flag status for the last 8 years. This means it is one of the best open spaces in the country. The award also recognises the outstanding work done every day by our Park Rangers to keep the park litter free and in great condition for everyone who uses it.

“As well as their hard work, the efforts of a team of volunteers can make a huge difference on projects such as this. I would urge anyone who values our green spaces to get involved and give as much time as you can.”

A similar event at the beginning of February saw a team of volunteer’s clear small trees from around Riverside Pond as well as re-opening an overgrown footpath.

Volunteers are requested to meet at the Priory Country Park visitor centre on Barkers Lane between 9.30-9.45am on Sunday 7th March. For more information contact 01234 211182.

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