Scrub clearing makes Moor sense for staff at Voca

08th March 2007

An intrepid team of volunteers from Voca, the provider of payment services, joined forces with Three Rivers District Council and the Countryside Management Service to clear scrub on Croxley Common Moor ahead of the March bird nesting season. This is the second year in succession that Voca has undertaken conservation work on the Moor.

Croxley Common Moor is a Site of Special Scientific Interest as well as a Local Nature Reserve which means that it is of importance at a local and national level due to the rare species that can be found there and the enjoyment they offer visitors. Regular volunteer days such as these are needed to keep unwanted vegetation, such as hawthorn and blackthorn, at bay and stop it from taking over from the valuable grassland plants which grow here.

Commenting on the day Anne-Marie Kesselman from Voca said :

"Working to preserve the Moor was an immensely rewarding experience. Croxley Common Moor is a precious gem in Hertfordshire that supports a wide range of wildlife as well as being a lovely place for local people to enjoy. Every little bit we can do helps to sustain our countryside and I'd encourage others to get involved in projects like these."

The work was carried out by a team of business volunteers drawn from different departments within Voca: Anne-Marie Kesselman, Clare Herson, Mike Garner, Thomas Greenhalgh, Robert Alport and Kelly Lisi.

Three Rivers Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Councillor Martin Trevett, said:

"We welcome the work of the business community in supporting the local environment. Ecological issues are a high priority for us