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Volunteers needed to battle Himalayan balsam - August 7

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Friday 30 July 2010

30 July 2010

Volunteers needed to battle Himalayan balsam - August 7

Volunteers are invited to help pull up the invasive Himalayan balsam along the River Derwent on Saturday August 7.

This is a final push to halt the tall, pink-flowered non-native species, which smothers riverside habitats, harms native plantlife and leaves bare, eroding banks when it dies down.

The plant needs to be pulled up before the seed-pods explode and spread along the river system, so the Calver Weir Restoration Project and Peak District National Park rangers are holding a Himalayan balsam “bashing” day on August 7, 10am-3pm.

Calver Weir environmental project manager Nick Quaife said: “Himalayan balsam bashing has gone very well over the last few weeks.

“Stoney Middleton Primary School kicked off ‘the season’ when they came along to Calver Marshes in June and were filmed by ITV Central News.

“Since then, I’ve had Dronfield Cubs, Westfield School, Brunts Barn Garden team, Chapel-en-le-Frith High School, the Peak Park Conservation Volunteers and Duke of Edinburgh Award participants, along with many members of the general public.

“As a result, large areas have now been cleared between Stoke Brook and Froggatt Old Bridge. We’d be very grateful if anyone else would like to come along on August 7 to help.”

Volunteers should meet at Calver crossroads (junction of A623 and A625) at 10am, bringing a packed lunch, drink, sturdy footwear and waterproofs and call Karen Harrison on 01629 816290 (weekdays) to give her an idea of numbers.

The National Park Authority has been working with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Trent Rivers Trust to tackle the problem throughout the summer. For further volunteer days contact the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust on 01773 881188.

This is an archived press release

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