Planting new homes for dormice
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.”
Jadie Baker, TCV tree warden, and Debbie Adams with some of the volunteers planting hundreds of trees along the new Willesborough Dykes footpath