We shall be joining forces with Natural England and EuCAN on Wednesday 23 September, 9.30am - 3.30pm at the Valley of Stones National Nature Reserve to clear brambles and grasses that are encroaching on the stones and the rare mosses and lichens that live on them.

The Valley of Stones is a National Nature Reserve, renowned for its 'boulder train' of sarsen stones and also important for its lichens, chalk grassland, butterflies and well-preserved field systems - not to mention the longhorn cattle which graze there. 

There will be a range of activities - from lighter tasks such as cutting back grasses with garden shears, to lopping tougher brambles and dealing with the piles of 'arisings' - so you will need a reasonable level of fitness -  but you don't need to be super-fit! 

You can find more information about the reserve  on Natural England's website

So, if you fancy spending a sociable and physical day doing some 'extreme gardening' (as one of our volunteers calls it) in a very beautiful, hidden valley of the Ridgeway, please let me know and I will provide further details of where to meet, what to bring, etc:

email:  j.hearing@dorsetcc.gov.uk or phone: 01305 228273





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