Corporate Bracken Slashing Day
Heathland is as rare as the rainforest and The Lynchmere Society (“TLS”) manages the fifth largest area of heathland in West Sussex across Stanley, Lynchmere and Marley Commons.
But heathland needs constant management in order that it can continue to exist while providing an important natural wildlife habitat. In particular, preventing the invasion of indigenous plant species is crucial to protect the rare environment.
That’s why locally based David Bateman, Chief Investment Officer of the FTSE listed REIT Primary Health Properties PLC (“PHP”) volunteered some of his team’s muscle power to help clear bracken at The Lynchmere Common as part his businesses commitment to their Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) agenda.
The group of ten employees were given an introductory talk by local conservation expert Mark Allery on the history of the area and commons. He also explained the importance of lowland heathland habitat and why over the generations, removing native species such as bracken, gorse and birch, which is no longer ‘cropped’, need volunteers to help control. If not controlled they will dominate and suppress other species reducing biodiversity.
Judy Rouse, Chair of the Lynchmere Society, said,
If there are organisations who would like to volunteer as part of their environment, social and governance policies we’d love to hear from you.
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