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Guides make a difference for wildlife

This is an archived press release

Tuesday 21 November 2006

21 November 2006

Guides make a difference for wildlife

Wildlife was the winner when Bakewell Girl Guides volunteered to go scrub-clearing as their contribution to Make a Difference Day.

The guides spent the day cutting back invasive hawthorn scrub from a site on Longstone Edge, chopping and burning it to allow the native limestone grassland, rich in wild flowers and butterflies, to thrive.

They were invited to do it by the Peak District National Park’s Vision for Wildlife Project, whose area includes this officially-designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Vision Project organisers linked up with the national Make a Difference Day campaign run by Community Service Volunteers, in which 120,000 volunteers took part in 4,000 activities across the UK.

Louise Valantine, Vision Project conservation awareness officer, said: “The guides, with added help from some of their brothers, worked tirelessly all day and did a fantastic job.

“The hawthorn was taking over an area which is rich in wildflowers, like wild thyme, birdsfoot trefoil, mouse-ear hawkweed and rock-rose. The site is also particularly important for the 22 different butterfly species that have been recorded.

“Bakewell Guides have been volunteering with us for the past four years and have helped us in conserving and restoring a variety of important habitats, including unimproved grasslands and hay meadows. Their commitment to providing a better future for wildlife in this area is admirable.”

The guides were supervised by National Park rangers, and they all finished off the day toasting marshmallows on the fire.

This is an archived press release

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