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Eastbourne Dunes Protection Group (EDPG)
Vision: To restore the natural vegetation of Eastbourne’s beaches
1.To protect & enhance existing natural vegetation.
2.To eradicate weed species.
3.To revegetate with suitable native plants.
4. To inform the public of our activity & purpose.
1.Cooperation with local bodies & other organisations.
2.Use locally sourced plants.
3.Be aware of best practices.
4.Aim for a sustainable system compatible with beach users.
Removal of tree medick, marram, ice plant,& other invasive weeds. Replant with natives. Care for new plantings. Select & order plants.
Design & placement of signage. Encourage volunteers.
Oppose developments that threaten sustainability of ecosystem.
Liaison with local schools.
Eastbourne Dunes Protection Group meets on the first Saturday of each month to work on our project-i.e. weeding and planting. Since our first planting in August 2003 the membership of our group has varied over time with some core people working from day one. Attendances have varied from 21 to 2 on 70 scheduled fixtures to date, with an average of 9.73 attendees per Saturday. A few mainly retired people have done extra work between scheduled events. The bulk of our work has involved weeding with some planting over winter months.
Since 2004 we have had enormous help from the Global Volunteer Network Nature Programme. Young volunteers from all over the world came once a month to work on our project. They helped us plant 11,300 plants and shrubs, but we have no record of the total hours these volunteers worked, (see group data for a four year sample.) Their groups ranged from 4 to 10 people and they each usually worked for 4 .5 to 5 hours. Accurate statistics were collected over a four year period i.e. 2007/2010. During that time EDPG worked a total of 1,908 volunteer hours, whilst GVN contributed a total of 1,370 volunteer hours. Sadly the Nature Programme of GVN was closed down in April 2011 because of reduced numbers of young people travelling to NZ. The biggest problem we have is the control and eradication of pest plants. This will be mentioned in more detail in the history.