The Trent Rivers Trust has been working with farmers and community members to control the invasive species, Himalayan Balsam from the banks of the River Mease.

TRT worked with volunteers and contractors to tackle the plant and it has now been removed from much of the river providing an opportunity for native plants to recover.

Himalayan Balsam was dominant along the Mease until TRT embarked on this eradication programme resulting in poor species diversity within the riparian vegetation community and increased erosion risk.

TRT’s presence working on the banks of the Mease has provided the perfect opportunity to engage with the local community and raise awareness of the importance of the River Mease so local residents learn about their special river, how they can access it and how to care for its future.

 

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