UCAN tackle Himalayan Balsam to help keep towpaths tidy

By Lily Chick

UPPERMILL COMMUNITY Association Network have had a busy few weeks continuing the on-going fight against Himalayan Balsam.

The group began the battle in the woodland section under Limekiln Lock and then moved onto the green spaces at Brownhill Country Park.

The group also undertook their usual activities of general weeding and litter-picking along the towpath through the village.

And the group is inviting people to get involved and help out to keep the tow paths, which are popular walking routes, clear and tidy for locals.

Belinda Watson, a member of UCAN, said: “It is a great way to meet locals, enjoy some healthy exercise and fresh air and enjoy a well earnt hot drink and biscuit”.

Their next project days will be on Thursday, 27 July then Saturday, 12 and Thursday 24 August.

Volunteers are recommended to wear stout footwear and suitable clothing for the weather conditions on the day. All equipment needed for the projects will be provided by the Canal and River trust.

The usual meeting point is 10am at Limekiln lock. New volunteers are advised to check a few days in advance to ensure the meeting place hasn’t changed. This can be checked online: http://ucanuppermill.com/

For more information contact UCAN’s group leader Peter Killan on 01457 878 361 or email peterkillan@hotmail.com


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