Barlaston & Rough Close Common LNR “Spring Clean”:

Press Release information

On Sunday 25th March volunteers are invited to join Stafford Borough Council’s Biodiversity Officer, Bill Waller who will be undertaking a ‘Volunteer Spring Clean” on Barlaston and Rough Close Common Local Nature Reserve. During the morning there will be a general litter-picking session around the site. If there is time then some small-scale conservation tasks will also take place.

The event will take place at Barlaston and Rough Close Common between 10am and 12.30 pm. Volunteers are asked to meet at the entrance nearest to St Matthews School and are advised to wear sensible outdoors clothing, gloves and sturdy footwear.

Barlaston and Rough Close Common is a rare example of Heathland habitat, which is owned and managed by Stafford Borough Council. It is a valuable wildlife haven, which was declared as a Local Nature Reserve. The site is being managed in accordance with a five-year habitat management plan, which aims to enhance the wildlife value of the site and promote its value as an educational and recreational resource for the local community.

Stafford Borough Council’s Biodiversity Officer Bill Waller said, “I would encourage anyone who has some free time to come along and get involved. The work we will be doing will help to improve the local environment and also contribute towards achieving the nature conservation targets that have been identified in the Biodiversity Strategy for Stafford Borough.”

This is one of many initiatives that have been developed as part of Stafford Borough Council’s Local Agenda 21 programme, which aims to achieve sustainable development and a better quality of life for all, both today and in the future. Anyone interested in further information about these events, or the Local Agenda 21 team’s other biodiversity projects should contact Bill Waller on 01785 619676.