Youngsters dig deep to help with balsam bashing session

COMMUNITY-SPIRITED scouts and cubs from Uppermill got hands on to help UCAN as they took on this year’s Himalayan balsam bashing.

Over two evenings a very enthusiastic effort was made by all the volunteers at the large area near the stepping stones, which has now been cleared of this invasive plant.

UCAN have also tackled the roadside along Den Lane and made a good start on removing the balsam in the viaduct woodland, helped by one of their youngest ever volunteers.

UCAN run regular project days to maintain the canal towpath and look after the area, and other tasks last month included painting at Wade Lock and litter picking along the towpath.

They are always pleased to welcome new members. Getting involved in volunteering in the local environment is a great way of meeting other locals, enjoying some healthy exercise and fresh air, with a well-earned hot drink and biscuit at the end!

They need meet on Saturday, July 21, Thursday, August 2 and Saturday, August 18.

All equipment is provided by CRT and you are recommended to wear stout footwear and suitable clothing.

The usual meeting point is 10am at the canal bridge on Moorgate Street; please check a few days in advance: in case of changes

You can also contact UCAN’s Group Leader Peter Killan on 01457 878361, or email:

Also keep up-to-date with UCAN’s activities by visiting their Facebook page.

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