More help wanted at wood

A conservationist has called for more volunteers to assist a small but dedicated team which maintains a precious area of Great Cornard.

Shawlands Wood, which runs alongside Shawlands Avenue, was granted local nature reserve status last month after more than a decade of negotiations.

The wood’s unique habitat, which is home to a variety of reptiles, insects and plants, has been maintained by a handful of enthusiasts for many years and now volunteer George Millins has asked for extra help.

“The wildlife is there because it is light and sunny a good deal of the time and we have to maintain it to create a future,” said Mr Millins, from Great Waldingfield.

Mr Millins’ brother John and his family, parish councillors Tony Harman and Pam White, Eric Taylor, Dean Walton and new recruit Aidan Starling have all helped to trim, clear and manage plant growth and carry out wildlife surveys over the years.

“Because of these volunteers, we are gradually improving habitats but extra people would help us achieve even more,” said Mr Millins.

Anyone aged 16 or over who can give a few hours of their time on the first Sunday of each month is invited to volunteer. Call Mr Millins on 07534 263629.