Balsam bashers wanted in Netherfield this Saturday

Gedling Conservation Trust are organising the ‘balsam bashing’ session on Saturday

MENACE: Himalayan Balsam

Volunteers are being invited to help win the battle against an invasive plant which has attempted to take hold of a section of Ouse Dyke, near Netherfield Lagoons.

Gedling Conservation Trust are organising the ‘balsam bashing’ session on Saturday (October 13) in a bid to finally rid the area of Himalayan balsam.

The pink-flowered non-native species smothers riverside habitats, harms native plants and leaves banks bare and subject to erosion when it dies down. It has to be pulled up before seed pods explode and spread along the river.

The group will also be litter picking along the banks and the water during the event.



Event organiser Mark Glover, from Gedling Conservation Trust, said: “There are some stragglers in flower along the stretch of the ouse dyke we have been concentrating on this year. We have a chance to catch them and prevent as many seeds as possible creating new plants at Netherfield Lagoons next year. If enough of us can come along on Saturday we should be able to finish the job in a short time.

He added: “All our hard work this year has really paid off as there are so few plants there compared to previous years.”

Those interested in taking part are being asked to meet at the end of Teal Close on Victoria Retail Park, at 2.30pm. For more information contact Gedling Conservation Trust’s Mark Glover on 07850 768337, or email markglover2010@gmail.com

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