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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 August 2007, 14:42 GMT 15:42 UK
Volunteers help grassland return
Volunteers in part of Nottinghamshire are helping to preserve one of the rarest English natural habitats.

Holly Hill in Selston contains areas of acid grassland, a habitat that has seen a decline of nearly 99% in the county since 1930.

Bracken and scrub have been cleared to let the grass return. This is expected to encourage wildlife and reduce fires.

Ashfield District Council is also tackling fly-tipping on the boundaries of the area.

The BTCV have undertaken two workdays with tasks have also included mending steps and clearing litter.

Two further days are planned on 28 and 29 August.

A management plan has been developed by the council and further seasonal works are planned, including the removal of invasive tree species, path repairs and the installation of signage and interpretation.


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