State Street employees remove invasive species from L’Eree headland

October 6th, 2011 by State Street

L’Eree headland will be a more welcoming environment to native vegetation and wildlife after employees from State Street cleared sour figs, Carpobrotus edulis, which had infested the area.

Twelve employees removed 2.8 metric tonnes of sour fig, a succulent plant that grows in flat spreading mounds and was introduced to Britain in the nineteenth century. Sour fig, which is a native of South Africa, is able to take over large areas of cliffs and coastline at a fast pace.

Jade Cook and Tom Machan (left) and Stuart Foster (right) hold sour fig, Carpobrotus edulis, collected from L'Eree headland (click image to expand - image courtesy of State Street)

The team wore thick gloves to uproot the plant and removed the fleshy leaf and root vegetation to a container to be disposed.

Janice Dockerill, Environmental Services Officer at the Environment Department, commented “this is a very satisfying task with immediate benefits to the area, although it will take up to two years for native vegetation to grow back. The Environment Department is delighted that State Street has been able to help clear this important area which had been overwhelmed by sour fig. It will help to increase the biodiversity of these areas by allowing an opportunity for a greater variety of local species of plants and birds to thrive.”

Jacques Colley, a member of State Street’s Volunteering Committee who participated in the work, added “State Street recently established a volunteering committee which is quickly gaining momentum and this project was our largest to date. The team was delighted to pitch in and make a real difference to Guernsey’s coastline environment. The volunteering committee is looking forward to further projects where we can get out as a team and play a positive role in supporting the environment, local charities or other worthy causes.”


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