Some really important work at has been happening at Jackson’s Coppice and Marsh reserve near Eccleshall today.
The reserves assistant Lucy and mid-week volunteers are getting very muddy for a good cause by removing patches of invasive Himalayan balsam from the wetland areas. The plant was introduced to the UK way back in 1839 for gardens, but quickly escaped into the wider countryside. Balsam plants suppress the growth of native species, then in the autumn the balsam dies back and leaves banks bare and liable to erosion during flooding.
Why not go and see the reserve for yourself this weekend- visit the ancient woodland and take a stroll on the boardwalk around the marsh for elevated views over this wetland, without getting your feet wet! Start exploring on their website here: http://ow.ly/lZl3C