There is sometimes a misconception that it is the local Council that cares for Whitcliffe Common but it is The Volunteer Working Party that puts in many hours of their own time looking after this wonderful area.
There are 8 in the team at present and we try to have a group of 4 or 5 from this team when we have a “work day”.
Really there is a split task to keep The Common in such a condition to make it attractive for tourists and the local population to walk round, but also to manage it in such a way as to allow all the wildlife and plant life to flourish in its natural habitat without being too disturbed by “humans”.
We communicate closely with Shropshire Wildlife Trust on policy, but the actual work is carried out mainly by the volunteers. Of course when needed, we call in the skills of a professional tree surgeon and the main grass areas are mown by a local farmer and an outside contractor as required.
Our main tasks are keeping the various paths clear of brambles and nettles and overhanging tree branches.
We try to maintain the various “view points” around The Common which give the attractive outlook on the Town, Clee Hill and surrounding countryside.
We strim round the seats that are situated in various locations on The Common and also “litter pick”.
A tree specialist allied to Shropshire Wildlife Trust inspects all the trees on The Common that are near roads and footpaths and we then carry out any remedial work that he recommends.
Also after heavy storms and high winds we are sometimes faced with removing or making safe fallen trees.
Most of the volunteers have attended courses on the use of various power tools that we use.
We all enjoy caring for this wonderful common even though it is quite hard physical work.
We try to have a work party out three times a month depending on weather conditions and availability of volunteers.
If you would like to join the Volunteer Work Party and feel that you could offer a few hours of your time we would be pleased to hear from you.
Contact Rick Summers (Work Party Co-ordinator ) 01584 874462 or John Barnard (Committee member) 01584 877238