Having proved in previous years that clearing invasive species from stretches of the Wandle really can work, this year’s Wandle Valley Festival saw the soft launch of our strategy to start pulling Himalayan balsam from the river’s headwaters… and eventually march it right out into the Thames.
Like several of our activities planned for summer 2010 as part of the WATER project, this was an educational event selected within the scope of the INTERREG IVA France (Channel) – England cross-border European cooperation programme, co-financed by the ERDF.
… while the rest of us made a start at Richmond Green, where the Wandle’s culverted headwaters enter Sutton…
… pulling almost 100 metres of balsam, and making a good start on the “Himalaya” we planned to create in Beddington Park.
On Sunday morning, we cleared another stretch at Richmond Green…
… before returning to areas of Beddington Park where we’d tried tactical clearances last year, seeding them with native grasses and flowers…
… and finally admiring the Himalayan mountain range we’d created for Sutton Council to compost!
Thanks to all our volunteers:
Saturday: Ailis, Andy, Andrew, Ann, Bev, Debbie, Edgours, Erica, Gideon, Janet, Jez, Jo, John, Rob, Sally P, Sally S, Sofija and Theo
Sunday: Ann, Bev, Erica, Helen, Jo, Joanna, John, Paul S, Paul Y, Robert, Sally, Shane and Theo