Reigate Heath works begin as part of Natural England grant

Winter works are taking place on Reigate Heath in Surrey as part of a conservation management programme.

Conservation work to restore Reigate Heath's rare habitats and protect the site's archaeological features is being carried out by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council.

The designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is an important example of the lowland heath habitat, including the heather and acid grassland found there.

The site also has a number of Bronze Age burial mounds (3,000-5,000 years old), which have been designated Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

The council's parks and countryside team is carrying out the works in partnership with members of the Reigate Heath Management Steering Group. Work includes thinning the scrubland and trees that have gradually invaded the heath over the years.

Natural England awarded the council £50,000 grant funding under its higher level environmental stewardship scheme to carry out work on the heath over 10 years.

Reigate Heath Management Steering Group chairman Councillor Lisa Brunt said: "The work on Reigate Heath is a key part of its management plan, which has been in place for over 15 years.  The management plan takes into account the needs of all users of the Heath, so as not to compromise its nature conservation value, the landscape or the needs of users."


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