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Helping a farmer help wildlife by Alex Ainge

Last week, Jane Reeve, (our wildlife conservation lead) was at Marsh Farm, Sidlesham. This farm is part of a farm cluster group, which allows farmers to work together and collectively deliver greater benefits for soil, water and wildlife at a landscape scale.

Jane and the volunteers planted a hedge made up of 10 native species, including oak, alder, hornbeam, wild rose and green beech. Unusually warm weather and some tuneful skylarks helped the planting get underway and in total, they managed to plant 332 trees! Well done to the volunteers!

There is more to do at this farm and we will be asking for our wonderful volunteers to join us in March to help plant another hedge. You can also enjoy the company of some very entertaining dairy cows while you plant.

We are friendly, informal group with excellent cake. If you would like to volunteer, click here to sign up or follow us on Facebook for more information. There's no commitment, you can just come along for a couple of hours.



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