I am co-coordinating the second year of a three year project to control the invasion of a plant called Himalayan Balsam in the Axe Valley, Devon. I am looking for volunteers to help us tackle this issue and wondered if your organisation would like to take part. The days will run from 10.00 am until 3.30pm and will include two breaks and a lunch break. The work doesn’t involve using tools nor is it heavy going. The sessions will run from June through to October on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

As you may be aware this very pretty but extremely vigorous plant is taking over our river banks at an incredibly alarming rate with the effect of out-competing the other plant life necessary to support wildlife, especially insects which are needed to pollinate our plants. I fear that if we don’t tackle this issue now we may lose habitats which will not be possible to restore.

A packed lunch and drinks will be needed as well as long sleeves, trousers and wellies; hopefully sun cream and a sun hat will be needed too! The area I am coordinating runs from Colyford through to Honiton on the river Coly and its tributaries. If there is interest within your organisation we will arrange the exact location.

I have attached an information leaflet and poster and I would be grateful if you could put up a poster. Please spread the word and if there are any organisations that you think may be interested in taking part, please could you forward their details to me or pass on the information to the group/individual concerned.

Please like Axe Invasives facebook page for updates.

Kind Regards,


Louise Woolley
01395 512536