Important open spaces need volunteer help

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Storrington has three important open spaces on its doorstep, where the public has the freedom to roam and enjoy a wealth of nature.

The Sandgate Conservation Society,formed in 1974 to help to create a policy for caring for these open spaces, plays a key role in preserving them

From small beginnings, the society has a membership of more than 1,800 and is reputed to be the largest group of its kind in the country.

It relies on volunteers to help carry out the vital work at Sandgate Park, Sullington Warren and Warren Hill sites, working with Horsham District Council’s countryside wardens at the former and the National Trust warden at the two other sites.

It is affiliated to the British Trust for Conservation and became a registered charity in 1997.

Its two main objectives are to conserve the environment for the benefit of the public, mainly by using volunteers - and also to educate the public in the principles of conservation.

It also encourages youngsters to become the conservationists of tomorrow by taking on those who are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

But the society is not all work and no play. It has a social side, organising meetings and events , with speakers talking on a wealth of subjects. Various outings and conducted walks take place.

Field days on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month from 10am to lunchtime take place every month except July and August.

“Some new faces would be welcome to help care for the lovely woodlands,” said Brian Burns.

Anyone who wants to help care for the lovely woodland and heathland is welcome to give field days a try.

Contact chairman Audrey Algar on 01903 741436 for more information.