The first 3RCU took place in 2008 with the main aim to control the growth of Himalayan Balsam along the rivers. Himalayan Balsam is an invasive non-native plant that spreads quickly, clogging up river banks and reducing biodiversity. It shades and crowds native species and causes riverbank erosion, leading to an increase in the risk of flooding.
Now in its ninth year the 3RCU has largely brought the Himalayan Balsam under control. This success has given partners more time to focus on other activities to restore rivers to attract wildlife. It has also allowed volunteers the chance to discover, learn about and enjoy their rivers, and to take pride and ownership of them.
The project now has a new blog with lots of information about the project and how you can get involved. We would love to see you at one of our events, so keep an eye out of the next few weeks for more details about exact dates and locations.
In the meantime there are a number of ways in which you can contact the 3 Rivers Clean Up partnership. For individual organisations involved please see the Partners Page. Alternatively you can email the organising team, visit their Facebook page or even send them a tweet.
The Nature’s Gym Programme for January -March 2017 is now available. There are a couple of new sites to whet you appetite and some great projects where we will be working in partnership with other local organisations.
If you are new to Nature’s Gym, please check out our FAQ and Nature’s Gym pages where hopefully you will find all the information that you need. If after reading this you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us. You can also read a little about the team that you’ll be working with.
A big thank you to all the volunteers we’ve had this last year. We’ve had 571 volunteers, which equates to over 1500 hours and £14,500 worth of work! We have achieved so much this year and you should all be very proud of yourselves. Judith and I can’t thank you enough. You’ve come out in all weathers, dug heaps of bramble and created a lot of new habitats!
We look forward to seeing you in the New Year. In the meantime, we hope you have a lovely Christmas and enjoy all the festivities!
Take it away Bing and Frank!