We are into our third year of trying to clear the New Mills area of the invasive alien Himalayan Balsam which is swamping our native flora. We know it is going to be a long haul but we are already winning in some areas. So we need to renew and redouble our efforts this year
We are concentrating on 4 main areas : the Torrs, Goytside, the Picker and Mousley Bottom. We have already had 3 sessions and removed a lot of small balsam plants in the first three of these areas, allowing native plants to continue growing without getting shaded out. This year we have also been removing litter encountered at the same time.
The next organised bashes are scheduled for the following dates :
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
Wear stout footwear. Gloves and long sleeves are more comfortable; we have some gloves for loan if you don’t have any yourself.
If you can’t join us on any of these dates, please help by coming on a future organised bash, pledging to Pick a Patch of your choice or just pull as you walk.
Pick up one of our new handy pocket guides on Himalayan Balsam from the Heritage Centre, Spring Bank Arts, or St Georges Parish Hall to help you.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us at transitionnewmills.org or facebook.com/transitionnewmills