As mentioned in a previous post, ART staff will be on Arran for the weekend of the 17th and 18th of August to train local volunteers to survey for Japanese Knotweed and other invasive plant species. Volunteers with experience of the plant (and of Himalayan Balsam and Giant Hogweed) that are willing to lend a hand should get in touch with the Trust asap. Those wih no experience are also welcome and will be taught how to identify each species. Hopefully we will have good weather and it will be a fun weekend but this survey will be the start of quantifying the scale of the problem on Arran and allow us to develop a strategy and project that will lead to widespread control. Islanders are keen to rid their gardens, road verges, golf courses, burns and shores of this nuisance species that is taking over in many areas. ART hope to be able to secure funding to allow this to happen. Following on from our successes on the mainland with this species, we are keen to help.
Those looking to attend can come along to Brodick Church Hall from 12:30 to 4:30 each day.
Eglinton Country Park
We will be holding an event at Eglinton Country park on Friday the 23rd of August. Those in attendance will include park and North Ayrshire Council staff but there may be places for those who are interested in coming along. The day will include a presentation on the CIRB project,plant identification and how to report sightings of invasive plant species online. With park and council staff trained to PA6AW level I will also be holding a practical session detailing different control methods and explaining how to construct a control strategy.
This event will take place from 10am to 2:30pm and include lunch. If you are interested in coming along please contact me on 01292 525142