Reigate Heath spruced up by volunteers
REIGATE Heath has had a spruce-up thanks to volunteers from an asset management and securities services company
A total of 33 BNY Mellon Treasury Services staff members based at Canary Wharf, were joined by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council's countryside rangers Ian Wright, Sally Jones and Richard Townsley, for the work day on May 15.
They raked up and cleared about five-and-a-half tonnes of leaf litter and scrub as part of an ongoing heathland restoration project.
Reigate Heath is a rare example of lowland heath, and so, is a site of special scientific interest and a local nature reserve – and the council is legally responsible for its protection and maintenance.
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The preservation of heathland is reliant on tree-felling, which clears the ground, reduces nutrient build-up and prevents the ground from scrubbing over, therefore encouraging heather to grow. As well as tree-felling, the clearance of invasive vegetation and thinning of scrub is also vital.
"Such important and essential work would not be possible without the help of volunteers who provide invaluable support to our countryside rangers," said Councillor Adam DeSave, the council's executive member for leisure.
"So we are immensely grateful to BNY Mellon for opting to work on the heath as a team-building exercise, and congratulate the team on its efforts."