April volunteer activity

Les Blanches Banques. Photo by Department of the Environment

Sunday 9th April 2017 – Mont a la Brune, Les Blanches Banques, St Brelade – 10:30-13.00

From Jersey Conservation Volunteers

Spring is definitely in the air but there are still two events to go before we break for summer so come and join us on the dunes for the penultimate task.

The details

Holm oaks are evergreen trees that originate from the Mediterranean but grow very successfully in Jersey. These fast growing trees can reach 20m high and shade out the small duneland plants if left unchecked. They spread easily and so this task will involve digging up the numerous small saplings across the dunes before they start to get problematic!

Please contact Julia at j.meldrum@gov.je or Jon at jonparkes@nationaltrust.je or phone Julia on 441600 or Jon on 483193 before you go just case anything changes.

The site We will meet in the car park on Mont a la Brune (see below) at 10:20 for a 10:30 start to scour the dunes for saplings.

Parking  Parking is in the upper car park on Mont a la Brune (Le Chemin des Basses des Mielles). Jersey phone directory Map 6, G15. Google maps here

The task Digging up and removing the numerous small holm oak saplings across the dunes.

Tools needed The only tool suitable for this job will be a spade, which we have limited numbers of, so please bring your own if you have one.

Clothing needed. Bring gardening gloves (though we can supply a pair if you don’t have them), wellies or sturdy boots, (it won’t be muddy but the vegetation may be wet it and it may be rough underfoot) and common sense clothes to cope with the elements, we go ahead whatever the weather!

Children All are welcome, young or old. Children under 16 must be supervised by a parent or guardian during the task.

Work will finish by 12:30 and we’ll be away by 13.00. VIV (Very Important Volunteer) Kim will be supplying hot drinks and her famous homemade cakes before everyone leaves at the end of the morning.

Les Blanches Banques. Photo by Department of the Environment

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