Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has been working with landowners and volunteers to reduce the impact of invasive non-native plants from the banks of the Lymington River, Mill Lawn Brook, Passford Water, Cadnam River and Avon Water, as part of the Heritage Lottery funded New Forest ‘Our Past, Our Future’ Landscape Partnership Scheme.
The project is working hard to control plants like Himalayan Balsam, Japanese Knotweed, Skunk Cabbage and Giant Hogweed from wetland habitats in the New Forest.
Over the summer the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s New Forest Non Native Plant Project has seen 248 different volunteers help clear Himalayan Balsam from 89 sites, clocking up over 2250 hours of work.
Amongst the balsam volunteers this summer were a couple of members of Lymington & District Naturalists - a special thank you to Jill Newman and Brian Matthews. Jill and Brian came out on pulls we carried out at the Lymington Reed Beds Nature Reserve, where we managed to clear five hectares of balsam from the site of special scientific interest.
The balsam pulling programme is already being put together for 2017. It is a wonderful opportunity to visit some beautiful stretches of wet woodland/river and do something to improve the habitat. If you fancy helping or would like more information then please contact Joanne Gore on email@example.com or 07770 918293/ 023 8042 4205