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14 JUN

Volunteers needed to protect flora and fauna

By timesecholife on in All News, Community News

NATURE lovers are being invited to take part in a community volunteer project this month, joining forces to fight a problematic weed.

A Himalayan Balsam Pull day, spear-headed by supervisor at the popular Ramblers Retreat tea room and restaurant, Callum Smith is set to take place throughout the Dimmingsdale valley at the end of the month.

He told the Times and Echo: “As part of my volunteer role with the Forestry Commission I’ve been organising a community volunteer Himalayan Balsam Pull day in Dimmingsdale.

“It’s basically a day where myself and a few other Ramblers Retreat team members along with a few of the Forestry Commission team responsible for Dimmingsdale, will be working together to remove Himalayan Balsam from the valley, allowing native plants to grow and flourish as well as making sure they don’t cover areas that are famous for our beautiful bluebells every year.”

The pull day will take place on Wednesday, June 27, starting at the Ramblers Retreat at 10am.

Callum added: “The Ramblers will be providing free cake and drinks to say a huge thank you to everyone that takes part!

“Everyone who also takes part will have the chance to talk to the Ramblers team and Forestry Commission Rangers about local history, the flora and fauna of Dimmingsdale, as well as the special characteristics that give Dimmingsdale it’s protected SSSI status.”

The Himalayan Balsam is an invasive, non–native plant that is spreading throughout the woodland and encroaching on native species and without intervention it will take over the natural surroundings.

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