Volunteer staff from Greggs braved the rain to spend a day clearing invasive none-native Himalayan Balsam from the River Cain in Llanfyllin.

Balsam is recognisable all over the countryside with its pink white and purple flowers. It is a problem on river banks, where it prevents grasses and native plants from growing. In winter, it leaves the bank bare and vulnerable to erosion.

The Severn Rivers Trust, partly funded by the Greggs Foundation are working to remove Himalayan Balsam from the banks of the river where it spreads. Slowing down the amount of soil going into rivers helps fish and wildlife to survive. Landowners and members of the public are encouraged to pull it up, cut it down or encourage grazing.

This activity is part of the River Friendly Severn Project supported by a Welsh Government Arwain Leader grant, Severn Trent, Greggs Foundation and the Postcode Lottery. This project is an Environment Agency initiative being piloted in Powys by the Severn Rivers Trust to bring together communities to help keep our river water clean.

For more information contact Lisa Barlow at Severn Rivers Trust on 07967494219