Catherine Chatters, New Forest Non-Native Plants Officer at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, said “All the hard work and enthusiasm of the many people who’ve helped us has really made a difference, but there is still plenty more work to be done.” Catherine will be leading more volunteer work parties along the Cadnam River and the Avon Water this year and would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to get involved.
Jo Gore of the Wildlife Trust added “If you like being outside in the fresh air you would be very welcome to join us on a balsam pull but it’s important to wear your wellingtons as some areas are extremely wet and muddy!” Jo will continue to lead balsam pulls on the Lymington River and its tributaries and is keen for people to help her, especially in the Lymington area.
The volunteer work parties are part of the New Forest ‘Our Past, Our Future’ Landscape Partnership Scheme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. They start in May and continue into the autumn and are a great opportunity to do something to improve your local environment in the company of like-minded people.
For a list of dates and locations of Himalayan balsam pulls organised by the New Forest Non-Native Plants Project this summer, please contact Catherine Chatters at Catherine.Chatters@hiwwt.org.uk or telephone 07770 923315.