Tackling Invasive Species in the Tamar Valley

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The Tamar Valley Invasives Group, in collaboration with the South West Lakes Trust, is inviting landowners, managers and the general public to join them to discuss what future action can be taken to tackle invasive non-native species in the Tamar Valley AONB and wider catchment.

 

The session will look at lessons learnt from the Giant Hogweed Eradication Project and will also focus on Japanese knotweed and Himalayan balsam, if and how they can be controlled, legal issues and responsibilities surrounding these invasive species and how we can work together to check their spread in the landscape.

 

Valerie Darwall, Project Officer for the Tamar Valley AONB, says; “The control of these species is a daunting task for both individuals and organisations – physical removal over such a large area is hard work and time consuming and chemical control, while relatively quick and effective, brings its own environmental costs – and so we have invited speakers to tell us about new technologies which offer alternative approaches.”

 

Guest speakers include a representative from Ubiquiek Ltd in Warwickshire, who will share details of their award-winning Rootwave Pro technology; Kent-based Ecoweed to discuss their specialist hot water weed control method; and Dr Marion Seier, Senior Plant Pathologist and Team Leader, Invasive Species, UK, at CABI who will introduce their biocontrol projects.

 

This FREE event will be held at the Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls, near Gunnislake on Thursday 12th May (10am – 3pm). You are welcome to attend for the whole event, or parts to suit you.

 

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

 

Booking is essential as places are limited. Please email vdarwall@tamarvalley.org.uk or call 01822 835030 by 12 noon on Monday 9th May to secure your place (please let us know of any dietary requirements).

 

ENDS

 

Notes to Editor

The Tamar Valley Invasives Group is a partnership between the Tamar Valley AONB, Environment Agency, Natural England and Cornwall Council.

This event is being held in collaboration with the South West Lakes Trust and further supported by South West Water. We are thankful for the Rural Development Programme for England’s Water Environment Grant for funding this event.

 

 

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