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Countryside enthusiasts encouraged to volunteer

If you care about the countryside and think local wildlife is wonderful then you can become a volunteer and get involved in improving your local environment.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is offering local people the chance to learn new skills, meet like-minded new friends and gain valuable experience in improving countryside sites across the district.

Mark Preece from the Council said: "We're setting up a new countryside management volunteer group to carry out practical work at our country parks and local nature reserves including Wetley Moor and Brough Park fields and at our country parks at Biddulph Grange and Ladderedge.

"The work we'll be doing will make a real and visible difference - we'll be carrying out dry stone walling, path work and fencing as well as managing habitats for wildlife - so this is a real chance to get involved in caring for the landscapes and environment you love."

Volunteer sessions will run from 10.30am to 2.30pm on the second and last Wednesdays of every month and those taking part will need to make their own way to the events.

The first session is taking place on Wednesday 12 April at Wetley Moor where participants will be dry stone walling.

If you're interested please contact Mark or Emma Mortimer on 01538 395577 or countryside@staffsmoorlands.gov.uk for more details.