Conservation experts target woods

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CONSERVATION volunteers are targeting a woodlands in Armthorpe for their latest project.

Volunteers from the Doncaster-based British Trust for Conservation Volunteers’s Carbon Army to plant hedges in ancient woodland at Shaw Wood.

NTCV experts say in recent years Shaw Wood has suffered from neglect but now under the ownership of Armthorpe Parish Council and Doncaster Council, it is starting to thrive again.

Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton will be among those taking part in the work with BTCV.

BTCV, which operates across the UK and supports more than 600,000 people to improve their environments and their lives, has its national headquarters at Sedum House, on Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, Doncaster.

Ms Winterton will join the volunteers on Friday February 18, working on what the charity describes as a 28 hectare broad-leaved woodland which was first recorded as a wooded site over seven centuries ago

She said: “I’m delighted to join BTCV’s Carbon Army and get stuck into some environmental conservation at Shaw Wood.

“It’s easy to feel helpless when it comes to global problems like climate change and it’s hard to know how we can make a difference as individuals.

“But taking collective local action can make a difference and BTCV’s Carbon Army is visible proof that local communities can play a part in tackling climate change.”

BTCV launched its biggest ever campaign – Carbon Army – to mark its 50th birthday in 2009, to help people to get involved in local environmental action.