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Volunteers battle with riverside 'invader' to save New Forest wildlife
12:50pm Monday 9th September 2013 in News
MORE than 200 people turned out to help save Hampshire’s native wildlife.
They joined forces to help the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to pull up a non-native plant that has invaded river banks in the New Forest and Avon Valley.
The Himalayan balsam was introduced to the UK in 1939 as a decorative garden plant but its growth has spiralled out of control.
The plant flourishes near rivers where its seeds are spread by the water.
Growing up to ten feet tall, it casts a shadow over native wildflowers killing them off and endangering the wildlife that relies on them.
To help with a balsam-pull in the New Forest or Avon Valley next summer call 023 8042 4205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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