School children from Trinity First on an educational visit to Stephens Castle missed out on the amazing healthland and wildlife following the recent wildfires, a heathland warden has said.
Dorset Council mitigation warden Amy Gallagher from The Urban Heaths Partnership said in a video posted online that they’ve had to share the absolute devastation of the area completely destroyed by wildlife rather than the excellent healthland.
“It’s really sad we couldn’t show the children the heath in its prime instead they’ve been confronted with this (an image of burnt heathland),” Amy added.
A large fire broke out at Stephens Castle on Wednesday which devastated 4.7 hectares of heathland and killed a number of creatures during the fire control.
Warden Amy was out with the education team yesterday at Stephens Castle, Verwood, the site of the heath fire last week.
They were delivering some heathland education for Trinity First School. This is what the school children saw😔 pic.twitter.com/nGEEcrTagT
— Dorset Heaths (@DorsetHeaths) June 6, 2023
At approximately 16:00 yesterday a large fire broke out at Verwood Forest.
At 4:40pm our Unimog, along multiple fire engines was requested to attend. The uniMog crew stayed until very late.
— Wareham Fire Station (@DWFRSWareham) June 1, 2023