VOLUNTEERS have helped remove several kilometres of Himalayan Balsam from the banks of the Rivers Maun and Meden in a bid to prevent flooding.
Work is being carried out at the Maun Grasslands Site, King’s Mill Reservoir, Quarry Lane Local Nature Reserve and Skegby Hall Public Open Space.
The clean-up, which will cost £9,000 over the next three years, has been funded by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme and is being led by officers from the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group.
Himalayan Balsam can grow up to three metres tall and may cause blockages in rivers which can result in flooding.
So far, 7km of the River Maun and 2km of the River Meden have been cleared.
Couns Steve Carroll and Jason Zadrozny, who are both district and county councillors in Ashfield, have helped out.
Coun Zadrozny said: “I’d like to congratulate the many volunteers who have been involved with this project as they have already clocked up more than 200 hours.
“As we’ve seen in recent months flooding can cause major problems so it is vital that we take steps to prevent it where we can.”
Among the other community groups helping out on the project are the Maun Conservation Group, Friends of King’s Mill Reservoir, Friends of the Hermitage Nature Reserve and volunteers from Ashfield and Mansfield district councils.