As the saying goes, ‘many hands make light work’, and this is definitely the case for anything BEACON hopes to achieve in the Bollin Catchment. By working in partnership with other organisations, landowners and local communities we can bring together those many hands to work towards one common aim; improving our water courses and local environment for everyone to enjoy.
On a 6th July the Environment Agency and Bollin Valley Partnership teamed up to carry out a huge balsam bash on land owned and managed by the National Trust at Styal. There was a really good team of 20 volunteers from the Environment Agency, made up from a number of different departments. The weather was kind to the team and it didn’t rain for the whole event, which always makes a difference to the mood!
A large section of riverbank and southern woods was cleared of balsam, which complemented work done last year with a much smaller Environment Agency team. The National Trust were delighted with the work done as they have not had the resources to host large groups pulling balsam this year. Huge thanks to Rachel Argyros, EA, and Emma Houghton, BVP for organising this balsam bash.
Both the Bollin Valley Partnership and Environment Agency would like to run this event again next year, with even more volunteers so we can really get to grips with the balsam in this area. A great example of partnership working!