Plant­ing new homes for dormice

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Vol­un­teers from Ken­tish Stour Coun­try­side Part­ner­ship (KSCP) and The Con­ser­va­tion Vol­un­teers (TCV) group at Sin­gle­ton En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre have been work­ing to cre­ate a re­place­ment habi­tat for the dormice re­spon­si­ble for de­lay­ing phase two of the path.

A group of 12 hardy en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists have taken to the Dykes ev­ery Wed­nes­day this month to plant the thou­sands of trees in which the dormice will make their new homes.

Group spokesman Deb­bie Adams said: “Plant­ing 3,800 trees has been an in­cred­i­ble chal­lenge, but it has not sur­prised me to find that vol­un­teers have worked in­dus­tri­ously to get the job done.

“The trees will cre­ate vi­tal feed­ing and nest­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the coun­try’s rare hazel dor­mouse which has a pop­u­la­tion strong­hold in the south east.

“The KSCP have en­joyed work­ing pos­i­tively with Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil and the High­ways Agency to en­sure that th­ese im­por­tant mam­mals con­tinue to sur­vive in the face of in­creas­ing de­vel­op­ment pres­sures.”

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM3000489

Jadie Baker, TCV tree war­den, and Deb­bie Adams with some of the vol­un­teers plant­ing hun­dreds of trees along the new Willes­bor­ough Dykes foot­path

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