RESIDENTS looking to do their part in helping to restore a natural habitat in Tadley are being invited to hear more about the project.

During a recent public consultation, residents showed their support in declaring Wigmore Heath a Local Nature Reserve.

On June 20, a public meeting will be held at Tadley Community Centre, in Newchurch Road, to give people the opportunity to show their support for the work.

Restorative ecological work was carried out at Wigmore Heath, a site of Interest for Nature Conservation, after fires broke out last summer causing damage to plants and wildlife.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and volunteers cleared the burned remains and scraped off the damaged top soil during the winter months to reactivate the heather in the soil below and support the protected plants and animals.

Restoration work still needs to be carried out.

This will include the felling of up to one hectare of thin birch, pine and holly from around the edges of the open heathland to increase the size of this important habitat and create open views across much of the area.

Cabinet member for planning, infrastructure and natural environment at the borough council, Councollor Mark Ruffell said: “Unfortunately, in recent years the site has become very overgrown and has suffered from antisocial behaviour.

“But when this important work to restore the habitat is completed, not only will the wildlife flourish but local residents will once again have a lovely open space to enjoy.”

The meeting will start at 7pm.

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