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Volunteers ‘scrub’ up well

Catherington Down Volunteers

HARD WORK Volunteers Jim Goodridge, James Ducarreaux, and Peter Wallbank assist Jordan Dicks from Horndean Parish Council and Eva Laysan from The Conservation Volunteers to clear scrub from Catherington Down. Picture: Allan Hutchings (1345-397)

Published in the Portsmouth News on Wednesday 9th January 2013

THESE kind-hearted conservationists spent the afternoon clearing scrubland at a beauty spot.

Volunteers spent hours making a dent in the maintenance of Catherington Down, a protected area close to Horndean.

Over the next seven weeks the public are being asked to help with clearing the site.

Eva Laysan from The Conservation Volunteers, which is leading the project, said: ‘We are reducing the scrub on Catherington Down to encourage the wild flowers that grow on the site.

‘It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and we are cutting the scrub because it has grown in quite big clumps. We are reducing them into smaller clumps to allow more light for the wild flowers.’

The future of the site hangs in the balance because Horndean Parish Council recently voted not to take ownership of it, despite two years of negotiations with Hampshire County Council.

Anyone is welcome to go along to the Tuesday sessions, from 10am to 3pm. Meet in the car park opposite Catherington School, in Catherington Lane.

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