DO YOU HAVE AN HOUR FOR ROSSMORE FOREST PARK – SATURDAY, 18TH JULY AT 11AM – MAIN ENTRANCE CAR PARK

17 July 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

With no Country Music Festival on this weekend do you find yourself at a loose end? Why not give an hour to OUR local Rossmore Forest Park and help the volunteers with pulling of some Himalayan balsam. Unfortunately, the park has a problem with invasive species including Himalayan balsam which was first introduced as an ornamental garden plant and has spread exclusively by seed throughout the park. It is the tallest annual plant growing up to 3m high.

Due to the rapid growth, it shades out most of our native species. In recent years the spread of Himalayan balsam has been observed along pathways and park streams. Himalayan balsam pulling is relatively easy and a wonderful exercise in Mindfulness – doing one thing at a time. As you easily pull out the plant and roots, you will find your mind clears and stories, worries, todoes, for that hour drop from your mind and your thoughts are distracted. Some great work has been done and park users are adopting parts of the park to look after.

We would like this work to continue in the new world we now find ourselves living in with Covid-19. If you are fit and healthy, and are willing to give an hour of your time back to the park please join us this Saturday, 18th July at 11am, meeting point Rossmore Forest Park, new cark park, inside main gate, Threemilehouse Road.

Come along to learn about the Himalayan balsam and how you help rid the park in this troublesome invasive plant. Health & Safety Due to Covid-19 we would like you to register your interest in advance. Please contact Bernie on 087 2053172 to register. Social distancing will apply and volunteers are asked to bring along garden gloves and wear long sleeves and….

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