Horsbere Brook FAS was built in 2011 to protect homes in Elmbridge and Longlevens from flooding. It is now managed by Gloucester City Council as a community nature reserve, with help from the Friends of Horsbere Brook FSA and other volunteers.
On Friday 15th November, 10am – 12pm Gloucester City Council’s Countryside Rangers and the Friends of Horsbere Brook FSA will be continuing the laying of the farm track hedge and mulching around it. This will dramatically enhance the area for wildlife and allow a greater diversity of wildlife to exist and succeed.
Mulching compresses weed growth and conserve water around our new hedge, giving them the very best chance of survival and growing healthy and strong. It uses recycled wood chip from tree works across the city,
proving that with landscape management and wildlife work nothing is ever wasted!
Horsbere Brook FAS is located on the Barnwood Link Road, Barnwood, Gloucester, GL4 3HR. There is parking in the gateway, in the layby just past the footbridge or in the premier inn (across the footbridge). You can meet us along the farm track hedge.
If you would like more information about this volunteering opportunity please either email the countryside rangers at Felicity.Davies@gloucester.gov.uk or contact the Friends of Horsbere Brook via their facebook page @FriendsofHorsberebrook
Why get involved?
By helping us lay more hedgerow, you will be working to enhance the habitats for wildlife at Horsbere Brook. The hedgerow acts as a protective corridor for wildlife in the meadows and also provides nesting sites and food sources for birds and small mammals. The mulching also helps conserve water to ensure that we are making the best use of all resources as well as giving the hedgerow the best chance of surviving and growing strongly.
This is also a great chance to get some fresh air and gentle exercise, in a sociable and friendly environment and know that you are making a real positive difference for local wildlife and the people that enjoy visiting the meadows. Being outdoors and having contact with wildlife is a great positive mood booster, so you’ll be doing yourself as much of a favour as the local wildlife.
How to get involved?
- Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
- Accept the challenge
- Await a response from the Countryside rangers with more information
- Maintenance and Repair
- Community Work