Local volunteers receive funding to bring the wild back to East Sheen

Release Date: 19 February 2019

A group of volunteers have received a grant to improve environmental habitats on East Sheen Common

The Conservation Volunteers have received funding from Richmond Parish Lands charity to improve the pond on the common, replace the small bridge, make improvements to the hazel coppice area and create a new amphibian friendly environment.

This follows the discovery of wild heather (Calluna vulgaris) on the common. Heather was last seen on the site 150 years ago when it was primarily acid grassland, a UK priority habitat before it became a wooded area. Alongside the Friends of Sheen Common, The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) will now focus on removing the bramble and scraping back the leaf litter to clear the way for this historic grassland to return to the area.

Cllr Martin Elengorn, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“Our parks and open spaces are home to a number of important plants and animals. It is important that we do all we can to safeguard their habitat. Congratulations to TCV for receiving the funding and I look forward to seeing the Common flourish with plant and animal life in the future.”

Project Officer Laura Brackenbury from The Conservation Volunteers, added:

“It is great for us to be involved in such an interesting project and we are already making great progress. We are not only working to improve the Common for local wildlife but the local community as well. A large part of what TCV is about is engaging volunteers to take action in their local green spaces. For anyone who is interested in taking part in this project, your help is very welcome and there is always a cup of tea waiting when you need it!”

Lear more about the The Conservation Volunteers.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159.

Reference: P049/19

Updated: 26 February 2019