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Weed bashers tackle Himalayan balsam

Volunteers have waged war on an invasive weed plaguing woods and rivers in Warnham.

From Press releases - 17 June 2016 12:00 AM

Volunteers have waged war on an invasive weed plaguing woods and rivers in Warnham.

Fourteen staff from UK Power Networks’ income management team donned wellies and waders for a day pulling out Himalayan balsam at Warnham Nature Reserve on Tuesday (June 14).

The weed grows fast and can reach over 6ft-tall in a few months, shading out native plants. This damages the biodiversity of rivers and causes rapid erosion of riverbanks.

Elaine Wain, a volunteer from UK Power Networks, said: “It grows quickly on the woodland floor and takes over so other plants can’t grow. It can be difficult to spot and we went through nettles to find it, but it’s easy to pull the roots out. We left it in piles to rot away.

“It was good fun and there was great teamwork spending time with people I don’t normally work with. It’s a lovely spot which is ideal for pond dipping and bird spotting so it was satisfying to work on a conservation project in my local community, as I live near there.”

UK Power Networks delivers electricity supplies across the South East and encourages all its employees to spend two paid days annually volunteering in their local community. As a result, last year, staff spent nearly 5,000 volunteering hours working with local charities and conservation groups, making 2015 the firm’s biggest year of volunteering.

The group teamed up with regular conservation volunteers from Horsham Green Gym for the challenge at Gorringes Brook.

Ryan Allison, volunteer support at Horsham District Council, said: “It's always great to have groups out working in the countryside with us. The more helping hands we get the more projects we can undertake to improve the habitats around Horsham. I think it's important for people to spend time caring for and enjoying their local countryside.”

Horsham Green Gym meets from 10am to 1pm each Tuesday and Thursday for conservation work at sites around Horsham. To get involved visit www.horshamgreengym.org.uk. Anyone interested in volunteering outside of these times can contact Ryan via parks@horsham.gov.uk.