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Orange Balsam Removal with TARCA

Who is this for?

Help the Anton River Conservation Association (TARCA) at Rooksbury Mill Nature Reserve in their efforts to eradicate an invasive plant called Orange Balsam, originally from North America.


By keeping on top of it they are slowly reducing its spread, allowing native wildflowers to flourish.  This even is on Sunday 12th July 2015.


The meeting point is the main car park off of Barlows Lane, Andover, Hampshire SP10 2PA at 10am. The event continues until 2pm. Wellies may be advisable!


For more details please go to :


https://www.facebook.com/events/1389838814679665/

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Event details:

contact: antonriver@live.com where: The meeting point is the main car park off of Barlows Lane, Andover, Hampshire SP10 2PA when: 12/07/2015 at 10:00 am to 12/07/2015 at 2:00 pm

Isle of Wight Balsam Blitz

Who is this for?

The Community Fund is looking for funding to support their Himalayan Balsam removal project on the beautiful Eastern Yar River on the Isle of Wight. Although very pretty the Balsam is shading out our native flora, and has also been shown to have a detrimental effect on water voles, which still have a stronghold on the Island. It takes about 5 years to get the plant in check.


The most effective way to remove balsam is to hand pull it within the short time it grows and before it seeds, which is usually mid-May to early August.

 

Their team of volunteers put in over 1100 hours of effort and removed over 150 tonnes of the plant – the infestation is that bad. Although they use volunteers,  they need to employ someone to lead the team as they are working in and close to water. Also the person they employ is responsible for determining the most strategic approach, which will vary from year to year according to where the balsam has sprouted.

 

Sponsors will be acknowledged in Natural Enterprise publicity. Based on the Isle of Wight and as part of the Island 2000 Trust charity, Natural Enterprise supports the vision for Island-wide heritage conservation, environmental and arts interpretation and a better, healthier public realm for Islanders and visitors.

 

Their is also a prize draw for those supporting this work. For more details please go to :

 

http://events.thecommunityfund.co.uk/isle-of-wight-balsam-blitz/?doing_wp_cron=1422205548.4928240776062011718750

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Event details:

contact: https://www.thecommunityfund.co.uk/contact.html when: 25/01/2015 at 5:24 pm to 25/07/2015 at 5:24 pm

Meadow Management at Tadburn Meadows

Who is this for?

Help the Tadburn Conservation Volunteers on Sunday 8th November 2015 starting at 10am with their meadow management work.


Hidden amongst the houses, Tadburn Meadows in Halterworth, Romsey covers almost fifteen acres and provides a home for a variety of Britain's best loved wildlife and some threatened species. The site boasts a variety of habitats from a stream more characteristic of the New Forest to wet woodland and grassland areas.


This activity carries on until 12 noon on the day and the meeting point is the main entrance at Eight Acres, Romsey.  All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Please contact the organisers before to let them know you are coming.


For more details please go to :


http://www.testvalley.gov.uk/resident/communityandleisure/naturereserves/tadburn-meadows-local-nature-reserve/

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Event details:

contact: community&leisure@testvalley.gov.uk where: meet at the main entrance to Tadburn Meadows Local Nature Reserve off Eight Acres, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 5BP when: 08/11/2015 at 10:00 am to 08/11/2015 at 12:00 am

Volunteer with the South View Conservation Group

Who is this for?

The South View Conservation Group are a group of volunteers who undertake regular maintenance and conservation work in the Holy Ghost Cemetery, Chapel Hill, Basingstoke.


They meet about every four weeks to maintain the biodiversity and historical integrity of the Holy Ghost Cemetery, Chapel Hill, Basingstoke and would like to welcome new volunteers to help them.


The dates they will be at the Cemetery are as follows:


2015

11th July, 8th August, 12th September, 10th October, 7th November, 12th December


2016
9th January, 6th February, 12th March

 

Please note the times given are only an estimate - please contact the South View Conservation Group to confirm the details.


For more information about how to get involved please go to :


http://holyghostcemetery-basingstoke.org.uk/?page_id=196

 

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Event details:

contact: http://holyghostcemetery-basingstoke.org.uk/?page_id=32 where: Holy Ghost Cemetery, Chapel Hill, Basingstoke RG21 5TB when: 11/07/2015 at 10:00 am to 12/03/2016 at 4:00 pm

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