JAPANESE KNOTWEED ERADICATION PROGRAMME
Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant with no known predators or natural control in this country. It spreads rapidly and easily because even tiny fragments of stem or root tuber can regrow and colonise soil. It is spread along water courses by rivers and streams and on any land where infected soil is brought in.
What is river Holme Connections doing to eradicate Japanese knotweed?
In 2016 we began a programme of spraying and stem injection starting from the uppermost stand of knotweed in Holmbridge. We negotiated a cost-effective systematic treatment programme in which every bit of knotweed was treated on all the banks of the River Holme from Holmbridge to Thongsbridge. We asked landowners to collectively donate to a fund to support this work. We will carry on treatments in as much of the catchment area as we can in the future, with financial support through fundraising.
How can the river Holme catchment become free of Japanese knotweed?
We hope to raise awareness of knotweed amongst landowners, business developers and individuals so that everybody knows how to identify it, treat it and stop it from spreading.
By raising funds and clubbing together we hope to get the best value and most long-lasting effective treatment with the minimum harm to the environment.
How can you help?
We are looking for volunteers to spread the word about Knotweed, help with landownership, mapping monitoring and giving talks and presentations.
Request a talk or presentation for your local group and help spread the word!
If you are a Business or individual who would like to donate to our fund please get in touch here