Volunteers Needed to Help Remove Invasive ‘Himalayan Balsam’ From Wrexham’s Country Parks

A ‘non-native’ plant is to be removed from the water banks at two of Wrexham’s largest country parks.

Over two dates in July there opportunity for visitors to Alyn Waters Country Park and Ty Mawr Country Park to help remove Himalayan Balsam – an invasive plant which causes damage to natural wildflowers.

Each year country rangers at both Ty Mawr and Alyn Waters team up with volunteers to “banish the balsam” from the park’s river banks.

The work carried out each year is starting to have a positive impact, with native wildflowers starting to recover and making a comeback to riverbanks in Wrexham’s country parks

Fancy getting involved? There is an opportunity to help the rangers remove the Himalayan Balsam at Alyn Waters Country Park on Tuesday 18th July between 9:30am and midday. Due to the location, the event is only suitable for ages 16 and over.

The park rangers and volunteers will also be getting together at Ty Mawr Country Park on Wednesday, July 26.

You can meet with them at the Visitor Centre at 1pm or join them down at the river bank up until 3:30pm. Due to the location the event is suitable for 8+ and all under 16’s must be supervised by an adult.

You can find out more information about the event via the Wrexham Council website.

You can also get involved by monitoring and recording sites where non-native plants and animals have been seen. For more information or to record a sighting please visit www.dinns.org.uk.

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