Using an extra £15,000 of funding received from DEFRA, the Ribble Rivers Trust is offering specialist training to volunteers to help clear local waterways and paths of the non-native invasive weeds Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam and giant hogweed.
Adam Walmsley, the trust’s invasive species officer, said: ‘The Calder catchment area is quite heavily infested with these non-native species so this will be quite a big undertaking.’
We’re not sure just how far £15,000 will go, but we wish the Ribble Rivers Trust all the best with this difficult venture.
Japanese Knotweed Identification
Not sure what it looks like? See pictures of Japanese knotweed here.