Work is carried out to encourage plant species at two Thetford wildlife sites

Breckland councillors visited Cloverfields and Abbey Meadows to check on the improvement work taking

Breckland councillors visited Cloverfields and Abbey Meadows to check on the improvement work taking place at the two County Wildlife Sites. From left to right: Mark Webster, from The Conservation Volunteers; John Hiskett, Norfolk Wildlife Trust; Breckland Council officer Steve Hitchman; councillor Marion Chapman-Allen; councillor John Newton, and councillor Roy Brame view the site at Cloverfields. Picture: Keith Mindham - Credit: Photo: Keith Mindham Photography

Two areas of open space in Thetford, which were recently designated as County Wildlife Sites, are undergoing work to create a better habitat for less common plant species.

Cloverfields and Abbey Meadows, which are owned by Breckland Council, were recognised as sites of value for wildlife in the county after Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) carried out ecological surveys.

The work on the site is being carried out by local volunteers employed by The Conservation Volunteers and funded by the council through section 106 agreements.

The volunteers are helping to manage the meadows to help encourage plant species such as greater birds-foot trefoil and ragged robin to grow, and to also improve public access to the two sites.

Councillor Marion Chapman-Allen, who initiated the project, said: 'I am delighted that we are working with NWT to create more accessible open space for both Thetford residents and visitors to the town.

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'At a time when many British species are under threat due a loss of habitat, this initiative will help combat their decline.'

The volunteers carrying out the work are employed by The Conservation Volunteers, a national organisation that works with people throughout the UK helping them discover, improve and enjoy their local green spaces.

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John Hiskett, a senior conservation officer for Norfolk Wildlife Trust, said: 'We are pleased to be working with Breckland Council to help restore these sites.

'Our habitat management recommendations will improve access and increase the number and variety of wildflowers on these important sites, creating an environment for residents to enjoy for many years to come.'

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