People needed for ‘balsam bashing’ at Netherfield Lagoons

Volunteers are being invited to help halt the progress of Himalayan balsam, an invasive plant near Netherfield Lagoons.

The pink-flowered non-native species smothers waterside habitats, harms native plants and leaves banks bare and subject to erosion when it dies down.

The plants have to be pulled up before seed pods explode and spread along the water.

Now Gedling Conservation Trust, which manages Netherfield Lagoons, is holding a Himalayan balsam “bashing” event next weekend (12-13).

MENACE: Himalayan Balsam

Volunteers are being invited to come along and help the team deal with this year’s arrival of the  invasive plants

“The enemy is at the gate – or at least on the banks of the dyke! This year’s balsam plants are emerging and now is the ideal time to tackle the problem as the plants are not too big –

Mark Glover is one of the trustees of Gedling Conservation Trust and is helping organise this year’s event.

He said: “We are planning to make this year the most effective by tackling the problem both at the lagoons site and up stream to head off the problem in future years. We aim to achieve a permanent solution.

Please let organiser know which session you would like to attend, which take place at the following times:

Saturday, May 12  10.00 am to midday
Saturday, May 12   2.30 pm to 4.30pm
Sunday, May 13   10.00 am to midday
Sunday, May 13   2.30 pm to 4.30pm

People are being asked to meet at the end of Teal Close by the Ouse Dyke before the session starts

READ MORE:  Over 600 new homes proposed for Calverton

For more information, call Mark Glover on 07850 768337.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.