Regular conservation volunteers, and pretty much anyone who likes to get into the great outdoors, will be familiar with Himalayan Balsam and its ability to take over vast areas of woodlands and River Banks. Pretty as it pink flowers may be, it is one of a number of unwanted, non-native weeds threatening to take over our countryside. Over the next two years we will be leading a coordinated attack on Himalayan Balsam and other non-native weeds in the Yarrow Valley Area, from Adlington to Bamber Bridge.
Removing invasive weeds is a vital conservation task and we need your help to make a real impact. The bad news is there is a lot of Balsam to remove, the good news is, it’s a pretty easy to plant to pull up, so no special skills are needed and while volunteers will need to be reasonably physically active it is a job where you can work at your own pace, so is not overly arduous.
As well as the regular days listed below there will be other sessions at various locations throughout the summer. Children accompanied by adults or more than welcome, Balsam pulling is a great introduction to conservation and volunteering and may help parents or grandparents occupy days during the long summer holidays!
Mondays – Leeds Liverpool Canal, Wheelton.
Tuesdays – Worden Park, Leyland
Wednesdays – Fox Hole Wood, Chorley
Fridays – Cuerden Valley County Park
All volunteer days run from 10am – 3pm (volunteers are welcome to join just AM or PM sessions should they wish)
Lancashire County Council will be performing resurfacing works to Chorley Lane. The work is currently scheduled for Tuesday 28th June & Wednesday 29th June. (Subject to change). However, please expect Chorley Lane to be closed between Monday 20th June-Friday 29th July. The whole of Chorley Lane will be closed whilst the work is taking place between 7:00am-5:00pm.
An alternative route for traffic is: A49 Preston Road – B5251 Spendmore Lane – New Road – Coppull Road – Yarrow Valley Way
Please click here for a full size map of the diversion.
Borough Councillor Paul Leadbetter has organised a second year of Balsam Bashing along Sharratt’s Path. Himalayan Balsam is an extremely invasive weed & a single plant can spread its seeds 22ft away!
Please stop by to help out on Monday 20th June from 18:30 to help out, even if you can only spare 5 minutes it will make all the difference.
Everyone is to meet at the Charnock Richard end of the path and walk down to meet up with the rest of the group. More information can be found on the Facebook page.