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Arne: Pull a Pine
Can you help the RSPB save nature this December?
Join us in one of the biggest conservation events in the country. Invasive pine trees, planted in forestry plantations, have taken over our heathland. By removing pines, we can help save some of our rare heathland species. Get your wellies on, dig out your hats and scarves and join us for a wonderful festive day in nature. This year’s Pull a Pine will be held over 2 days on the weekend of 3&4 December, giving you more choice on which day or days to book. We are all looking forward to the weekend and we hope you are too!
Tickets are LIMTED this year, so book early to avoid missing out. The event runs from 10:00am – 3:00pm. (Last entry to site at 2:00pm).
Our Pull a Pine village will be on the heath, with live music, Xmas crafting, refreshments, hot tasty food, and mulled cider. Be sure to head up there for your tools talk and grab a hot drink to get you ready for the day.
This year the RSPB shop will have a stall in the Pull a Pine village. We will have a great range of local and sustainable Xmas present ideas for your to buy.
Pick you own Christmas Tree or foliage decoration!
Whether finding your perfect, (or ‘wonky’) Xmas tree or gathering foliage for amazing festive decorations, What better way to decorate to your home than with locally sourced natural foliage that also helps regenerate this rare habitat. Your ticket allows you to take home as many of our pine trees as you like, the only question is, how many can you fit in your car?
Heathland is a semi-natural habitat, that can quickly revert to scrub and woodland, losing rare species adapted to the open landscape.
At Arne, we maintain this home for wildlife across 1,000 hectares on the Isle of Purbeck. We do this by mimicking our ancestors, who cut gorse for bread ovens and kilns and stripped heather ‘turves’ for bedding. This creates a tapestry of plant heights and bare earth for nature to thrive.
This year’s Pull a pine is on Hyde’s Heath – added to Arne in 2019 – where we are restoring it back to open heathland.
RSPB Arne: One of the RSPB flagship nature reserves. A mix of heath land, woodland and coastal reserve on the Isle of Purbeck near Wareham.
Location: Arne Rd, Arne. Approx 11 minutes drive from the centre of Wareham or a 20 minute cycle ride.