Gardeners are desperately needed in the fight to keep the Sid Valley looking spick and span by joining the town’s annual Balsam bashing.

Sidmouth Herald: Part of the Sidmouth in Bloom group clearing weeds.Part of the Sidmouth in Bloom group clearing weeds. (Image: Archant)

Green-fingered residents have all been invited by Sidmouth in Bloom to join the clearance initiative to get hard-working weed whackers primping the valley each Tuesday morning, between 9.30am and 1pm, until the end of August - when the seeds are set to ‘explode’.

This is the third year of the clearance and the aim is that by the end of this year the majority of the Sid Valley will be cleared.

Peter Endersby, of Sidmouth in Bloom, said they had already achieved so much and a reduction in Balsam growth had been noted.

“We have a regular group that meets but to reach our aim we need more volunteers.”

The group will next meet on Tuesday, by the social club in Sidford, to help clear the river areas behind the rugby and football pitches.

Contact Peter, on 01395 578081 or by emailing, if you would like to chip in. Please bring wellies and gloves.