Coppice Brook flows from Ripley through Belper and into the River Derwent. Himalayan balsam colonises sections of the brook and if allowed to proliferate, will spread along much of the tributary.
The Trent Rivers Trust secured a grant from DerwentWISE to fund a project involving local volunteers to pull Himalayan balsam from the affected stretches of Coppice Brook.
The project will run over two years to ensure all Himalayan balsam is removed including plants germinating from seed lying dormant in the seed bank. The TRT team has also contacted landowners to raise awareness of the presence of Himalayan balsam and the problems it causes to encourage them to check for the weed and remove it where possible.