Keen to make sure that parishioners know all about the Local Nature Reserve and that they consider helping to keep it in good condition, Joe Williams spoke to a packed Parish Council meeting in November.
Joe explained that he is a relatively new ranger at the Queen Elizabeth Country Park but that he has got particular responsibility for the Buriton Chalk Pits.
He feels that it is a great addition to the Country Park and he praised the Parish Council for winning the substantial Lottery Grant which has helped to improve accessibility and awareness.
Joe has already organised events in the Nature Reserve in June and October and had also given a talk in the village hall recently. He is now developing plans for more events in 2018 and hopes that residents will help to promote awareness etc.
He explained that the Chalk Pits need regular maintenance during the winter months and, whilst some people from the parish already help, there is always room for a few more volunteers: sociable fun, good exercise and always learn something …
Forthcoming dates of volunteer sessions are the mornings of January 27th, February 17th and March 10th. Details are already on the community website …
Joe finished his talk by explaining that:
· He now provides a regular article in every edition of the Parish Magazine
· He is keen to develop links with the School and Nursery School so that they make the most of resources on their doorstep and
· If anyone is ever aware of any problems in the Chalk Pits, they should get in touch: by email (Joseph.Williams@hants.gov.uk), by phoning QECP on 02392 595040 or for any urgent / out of office hours matters, please phone 07935 253238.