MHC volunteers help stem invasion of alien plant threatening countryside.
Members of MHC’s ‘Create’ volunteer scheme recently leant their assistance to the ‘Keep Wales Tidy’ campaign in an effort to stem the growth of Himalayan Balsam, an alien plant threatening to blight vast areas of the countryside.
Online PR News – 21-July-2012 – wales. Uk – Members of MHC’s ‘Create’ volunteer scheme recently leant their assistance to the ‘Keep Wales Tidy’ campaign in an effort to stem the growth of Himalayan Balsam, an alien plant threatening to blight vast areas of the countryside.
‘Create’ volunteers, along with Gareth Jones, the ‘Keep Wales Tidy’ officer for Denbighshire, only had a three week window to work with, during which the Himalayan Balsam flowers, before forming seed pods, each of which can contain up to 2,500 thousand seeds. The plant is so powerful that it can even overcome native plants such as brambles and stinging nettles.
Sian Lloyd-Davies, the ‘Create’ lead for MHC said that, ‘Once our patients and service users became aware of the damage that such a plant can cause to our native fauna and flora, they were all in favour of undertaking the project as part of the Create volunteer scheme. Barry Griffiths, the Community Involvement Officer for Create stated that, ‘We are all very pleased that hopefully, our involvement will have made a difference in protecting our natural environment’.
MHC ‘Create’ started life back in June 2010, as a way for MHC to provide a new form of active, community-based therapy for patients and service users. Whilst working on Create, everyone is equal, service users, patients and staff alike, with numbers who come from all corners of MHC as many as 40 volunteers per week on their twice-weekly volunteer projects.
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