The Kyna team enjoys a day volunteering for the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Kyna Associates are passionate about our natural environment and regularly donate to environmentally focussed charities. For our annual charity volunteering event in April this year, the whole team spent the day working with the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust at the Newbourne Wood Nature Reserve near Alvechurch in Worcestershire, helping with coppicing work that is essential to help indigenous plant, insect, bird and mammal species thrive.
The wood lies in an area within the former twelfth century Alvechurch Park, where the bishops of Worcester hunted deer. The reserve was planted with Black, Scots and Lodgepole Pines, Larch, Chestnut, Oak, Beech and Douglas Fir in 1958-59. By 1971, fifty species of birds were recorded, notably Goldcrests, Redpolls, Siskins and Nesting Nightingales. Since 1970, the Trust has been slowly thinning and harvesting the conifers for timber, opening up glades and widening the rides. As the conifers have been felled, letting in the sunlight, the numbers of deciduous plants, birds and animals have increased.
The very physical day involved heavy lifting, cutting and sawing the trees that had fallen during the winter under the instruction of Andy Harris, Northern Reserves Officer and Dominique Cragg, Conservation Assistant and Volunteer Co-ordinator.
By the end of the day the Reserve was notably clear of dead and damaged wood and trees, enabling sunlight to penetrate the wood, restoring it back to the environment required for indigenous plant, insect, bird and mammal species. This also cleared the paths so that other people can walk freely and safely through the Reserve.
The Kyna Team (left to right, James Gittins, Director, Mickey Purewal, Director, Tom Wilford, Resourcer, Rushnara Khanom, Consultant, Matthew Evans, Consultant) get involved in heavy work with the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and pose for a team photo at the end of the day with Andy Harris and Dominique Cragg.