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Handy volunteers required for “The Big Pull”

Many hands are required to help with “The Big Pull”, to tackle the spread of the invasive Himalayan Balsam plant which is crowding out our native species, taking over whole areas of the Churnet Valley and exposing our stream and river banks to erosion. Himalayan Balsam (botanical name impatiens glandulifera) was introduced to Britain in the mid 19th Century by Victorian gardeners and can grow to a height of over three metres. With up to 800 seeds per plant, which are released explosively from the seed pods and can travel for up to seven metres from the plant, this aggressive plant is considered a real threat to our local environment.

Up to £3,000 available for not for profit groups from NEW Churnet Valley Community Scheme

Not for profit organisations who are working on projects that enhance or interpret the heritage and countryside of the Churnet Valley Living Landscape area are being encouraged to apply for a grant of up to £3,000 from the new Churnet Valley Community Scheme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fun