It’s time to beat the balsam!

Please help - Wednesday 30th June

It’s time to beat the balsam!

Himalayan balsam is an invasive non-native species which dominates riverbanks, reduces biodiversity and worsens erosion.

Tyne Rivers Trust would love to work with local residents to clear the Himalayan balsam along the Riding Mill burns. This is really easy to do as the plants has such short roots and it’s a great way to spend a few hours outside, improving habitats and meeting other local residents.

Tyne Rivers Trust is the only environmental charity dedicated to improving the River Tyne and its tributaries. The work that we do is vital to tackle the effects of climate change and support the wildlife and landscape of the Tyne rivers. We want a better river, a better region and a better life for all. Volunteering is a great way to spend time outdoors, meet new people and is vital to help us improve habitat and make the river a better place to be.

Volunteering with TRT can range from informal monitoring of rivers and streams to practical conservation tasks such as litter picking, tree planting and invasive species control.

Join us on Wednesday 30th June to learn about this alien invader and spend a couple of hours pulling it out.

If you’d be interested in getting involved, TRT would love to hear from you and can share more information –

Get in touch with their Volunteer Coordinator, Jenny Elliott, for more information – j.elliott@tyneriverstrust.org


Catherine Harrison

Parish Clark



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