Conservationists sought for Stinchcombe Hill
Chris Wiltshire and John Smallwood on the first day of conservation work on Stinchcombe Hill in November 1992
A CALL is going out for more people to get involved in keeping one of Dursley, and the surrounding area's, key assets in good condition.
Because of the hard work by the Stinchcombe Hill Conservation Group, the beauty spot to the west of the town is part of the Cotswold Way and is both an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a site of architectural and scientific interest.
Noted for its superb views, the site enjoys a wide diversity of flora and wildlife and a recent survey at the listed archaeological site at Drakestone point at the top of the hill has revealed many ancient features including relics of a long military history.
However over the last few years it has become overgrown, with less hands and financial support available to keep it in pristine condition.
Woodmancote resident John Smallwood, 78, was a founding member when the group was formed in November, 1992.
Ever since, he has worked hard to keep the natural beauty of the area intact, earning him the Leslie D Gale award in 1994 for service to the community in Dursley.
The conservation work ensured that the Cotswold Way fully circled the hill.
"What’s really got me in the last few years is just how overgrown the place is," he said.
"We need support and volunteers to help. We have had such success making the Cotswold Way go round the hill. But over the last 20 years, more and more people have gone and we need to start again. "The view from the memorial site is now completely blocked by trees. I believe these views ought to be got back."
For more information about the hill and the conservation work, visit www.stinchcombehill.org.uk or email Stinchcombehill@rrmail.com or call 07729 481728.
Butterfly expert and the trust’s vice-chairman Chris Wiltshire is also looking for any offers of help to regain the nationally-important areas of unimproved flower-rich grassland, threatened by scrub over-growth.
In addition, those interested in studies of flora, butterflies or insects would be supported. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
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