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EAST DEVON: Help needed to combat invasive plants

Tuesday, 27 May 2014


VOLUNTEERS are sought to combat the spread of Himalayan balsam, Japanese knotweed and giant hogweed Natural England's Himalayan Balsam Project 2014, aka Axe Invasives, would like help in June, July and August 2014. Project spokesperson Louise Woolley said: "The project takes people to beautiful areas along the riverside where wildlife is still abundant for now and enables you to explore places not usually accessible to the public. "The work is not heavy and requires no tools, just gloves and wellies and is a fun way to maintain fitness. "This Natural England project has been funded by Defra through the Water Framework Directive funding in order to put a stop to the invasion of Himalayan balsam as it affects everybody due the major effects that the increase in the plant causes. "The area encompasses Devon, Dorset and Somerset with Seaton to the south, Honiton to the west, Chard to the north and Beaminster to the east. "We are also tackling Japanese knotweed and Giant hogweed with the help of contractors and would appreciate any information on infestations of these two plants in the Axe catchment." For further details, call Louise Woolley 01395 512536 or 07905418460, email Axeinvasives@outlook.com or contact @ Axe Invasives on Facebook or Twitter.

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