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Heather Management in Kensington Gardens

What: We need help to manage an area of naturally occurring heather in Kensington Gardens.

This is a very unusual habitat in Central London, likely occurring as a relic of former habitats with heather germinating from the seed bank in the soil.  We have looked after this area of heather which has expanded, but we now need to undertake some management work to help control competing self-set trees and scrub which will shade out the heather, and to manage the heather itself, ensuring its growth remains robust and hopefully spreading seed to new areas. This will entail:

  • Pulling up or cutting saplings/young trees
  • Raking up leaf litter and grass thatch around the heather, and scarifying nearby grassland to encourage more seed germination
  • Cutting/pruning heather and collecting cuttings
  • Scattering heather seed / seed capsules to scarified areas and rake these in before removal of cut material.

When: Friday 22nd November – 9:30 – 13:30

Who: This is the ideal opportunity for anyone with an interest in wildlife and nature conservation, open to anyone over the age of 18. Some experience in the use of gardening tools would be useful, but not essential.

How: If you would like to get involved book a space online via our Volunteer Hub.

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