This grand weather is for being outdoors - if so, are you up for a bash?
Our friends at Transition New Mills are in their third year of 'bashing the balsam' (Himalayan Balsam, that is, a hugely invasive plant which smothers virtually all else once it gets a foothold, often along ditches/streamsides). it's recognised nationally as an unwelcome invasive plant and much effort goes into its eradication: Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, amongst others, is active in providing advice on how to deal with it.
If you'd like to help out the following sessions have been organised in coming weeks:
- Monday 6th June 6.30 - 8.00pm The Picker
Meet at junction of High St, Dye House Lane and Hyde Bank Rd Leader : David Blowers
- Monday 13th June 6.30 - 8.00pm The Torrs
Meet at Torrs Hydro Leader : Jill Hulme Saturday 25th June 10.30-12.30 Mousley Bottom Meet at DCC Rangers Hut Leader: Julian Ashworth
If you're moved to help out, you're advised to wear stout footwear. Gloves and long sleeves are more comfortable, given the balsam can be several feet high. Transition New Mills has some gloves for loan if you don't have any yourself.