New blood needed to join Sidbashers to tackle Himalayan Balsam

PUBLISHED: 09:52 03 June 2018

The Sidbashers are back and need more help to tackle Himilayan Baslsam growing in the valley.

The Sidbashers are back and need more help to tackle Himilayan Baslsam growing in the valley.

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New blood is needed to help a Sidmouth group clear the valley of pesky weeds.

The Sidbashers are back and need more help to tackle Himilayan Baslsam growing in the valley.The Sidbashers are back and need more help to tackle Himilayan Baslsam growing in the valley.

The Sidbashers are now entering their fourth year removing Himalayan Balsam and are looking to recruit some new members.

Over the years they have cleared balsam covering the main river stream up to The Hare and Hounds, Sidbury to East Hill and around Sidford.

This year, the group is focusing on the stretch of river near Fortesque, the upper river areas and Woolbrook stream.

Peter Endersby, from Sidmouth in Bloom, said: “Our regular team welcome new people to the Sidbashers.

“Work is simple and the plants are easy to pull. You will get the chance to see stretches of the river not normally seen.”

The Sidbashers meet every Tuesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm and offer tuition to newcomers. Participants are asked to wear gloves, bring a drink, wear stout shoes or wellies and to cover their arms. Call 01395 578081 for more information.


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