Prees Heath Common reserve volunteer warden pleads for public to help keep it clean


Barrie White

A VOLUNTEER who helps look after the Prees Heath Common Reserve has appealed to the public who visit it on a regular basis to help keep it clean.

The reserve has proved very popular in terms of visitor numbers since the charity Butterfly Conservation bought the site in 2006 and began restoring the heathland and the wildlife to its former glory.

Stephen Lewis, who is a volunteer warden there, says the increase in popularity has led to more litter being left behind.

And while their once-a-month attempts at a clear-out help, more support is needed from visitors.

“There has been an increase in the amount of litter left lying around, particularly by the entrance gates and the track, and the fence alongside the old airfield hangars,” he said. 

“I live several miles from the 

site so I do not visit it nearly as often as many other members of the public, many of whom visit daily.

“Obviously the best solution would be for everyone to treat the reserve with respect and take their litter home, but it would also be very much appreciated if public-spirited people could help by collecting litter as and when they visit.

“I have a number of litter pickers and bags I can give to people who would be willing to spend a few minutes when they visit collecting any litter.

“Any help would be very much appreciated – the reserve is a special place in a number of ways, giving people the opportunity to enjoy a large open space, and it is important to make sure it is well maintained.”

Anyone who would like to help can contact Stephen on 07900 886809 or at

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