Friday, 19 October 2018

Volunteers clear brambles and bracken to help flowers

VOLUNTEERS tidied up an area of Kingwood Common on Saturday.

VOLUNTEERS tidied up an area of Kingwood Common on Saturday.

The seven people from the Peppard and Kingwood Common Volunteers chopped, raked and stacked material in an area known as Butterfly Glade.

They also cleared brambles encroaching on heather and saplings as well as felling and pruning trees.

Some of the volunteers used strimmers to clear paths. The common is part of the Nettlebed and District Commons.

The volunteers worked for part of the morning, which they do a couple of times a month.

David Litchfield, of Newfield Road, Sonning Common, who was leading the group, said: “We were clearing the brambles and bracken to allow flowers to develop.

“If you don’t clear it the brambles and bracken can make the area impassable.” He joined the group three years ago and said: “I enjoy being outside and it’s a great form of exercise because I can’t bear going to the gym. I went once and it was awful.

“This is much more my type of exercise and I am doing something useful with my energy so I am keeping fit and active. Sports aren’t really my thing but I feel like this is doing some good.”

Geoff Bond, from Nettlebed, used his strimmer to help to clear some of the paths. He said: “I find the work gives me good health benefits.

“Since I was young I have had an interest in nature and this is a chance for those interested to indulge.

“It can be challenging but once you get out there and warm up it’s okay.”

The group are always keen to recruit new volunteers. For more information, email Sheri Kinghorn at

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