‘Crucial time’ for invasive weed

PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 August 2013

Councillor’s warning about Himalayan balsam.

‘It’s a crucial time’ for one of the areas invasive plant species which will be flowering soon’, a Honiton councillor has warned.

Councillor Roy Coombs, at a meeting of Honiton Town Council, said Himalayan balsam would be flowering very soon and could produce hundreds of seeds if they were not removed quickly.

He said: “It is a crucial time for Himalayan balsam – it is growing very rapidly and will be flowering very soon.

“Even in areas where it has nearly been eradicated, it can soon take over again.”

He said there were two projects in operation concentrating on the removing the plants from the Rivers Otter and Axe.

Cllr Coombs raised concerns about Himilayan balsam spreading onto land managed by the town council and said it could be a problem if it spread to another person’s land.

He said he was keen to find out what work was being done by the River Otter Project.

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