Celbridge volunteers needed to combat Himalayan invasion

As part of National Volunteering Week the Kildare Irish Wildlife Trust branch is organising Himalayan balsam removal in Celbridge Town on Sunday 20 May (11am – 4pm.).

As part of National Volunteering Week the Kildare Irish Wildlife Trust branch is organising Himalayan balsam removal in Celbridge Town on Sunday 20 May (11am – 4pm.).

Himalayan balsam is an invasive species of Irish waterways in Ireland. It can grow to two metres tall and prevents native plants from growing underneath it. In October it dies back and leaves the ground bear which can cause erosion. Its flower produces more nectar than our native species which makes it more attractive to insects resulting in less pollination of our native plants.

The IWT work on the Liffey will start behind the Mill community centre in Celbridge and work towards Straffan. Participants will need strong boots or wellies (wellies are preferable), long robust trousers (to ward off the unwelcome attention of nettles or brambles), long sleeved upper garments and long durable gloves (for the same reason). Volunteers can send an e-mail to kildarebranch@iwt.ie.