Youngsters from the Cubs, Beavers and Guides worked together in a fun sponsored event to remove the invasive plant species Himalayan balsam at The Carrs in Wilmslow towards the end of last month.
The young people and leaders, from 4th and 2nd Wilmslow groups, successfully removed some 15 square metres of Himalayan balsam during the four-hour event, and raised £250 in sponsorship in the process.
The efforts of the children – aged between 6 and 14 – were rewarded with a barbecue lunch, including making their own ‘smores’ (toasted marshmallows squashed between two chocolate digestive biscuits) over an open fire! Yum!
The local Scouts joined conservation group BEACON (Bollin Environment Action and Conservation group) in its battle against the aggressive weeds that have been threatening to take over in areas along the River Bollin, driving out native species.
Mark Adamson, Akela of 4th Wilmslow Scouts, said: “We’re grateful for the large numbers of young people and volunteers who turned out to help bash the balsam this weekend.
“We were able to clear a significant amount successfully, leaving room for native plants to grow.”
Mark added: “With conservation a key issue for young people in particular, we’re proud our Scouting groups have been able to help enhance our local environment in this way, as well as having a heap of fun.”
BEACON works with local communities and landowners to tackle invasive plant species which can be found across the Bollin catchment area, which includes all the tributaries, meres, brooks and streams connected to the river, such as the River Dean and Mobberley Brook.
Sally Potts, invasives project officer, explained: “BEACON is trying to control and eradicate non-native species that can do real harm to the local environment.
“We work with communities and landowners across the local area in a co-ordinated way to control these species and raise awareness.”