North East Lincolnshire Council

Join the Grounds Force to help tackle invasive species

North East Lincolnshire Council’s Grounds Force volunteering scheme is on the march.

Following the success of the first event, the next session will be held in Weelsby Woods on Monday 28 October 2019.

Teams of volunteers will be tasked with cutting back invasive rhododendron bushes in the popular woodland.

Rhododendron is an invasive non-native species in the UK, which threatens other varieties of plants and associated insects, and can stop other species growing.

Councillor Stewart Swinburn, cabinet member for Environment at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “The first Grounds Force event was a great success, and just what this borough needs.

“It was wonderful to see people willing to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty.

“Grounds Force is about more than doing a day’s work, it’s also a great chance to get fit, make friends, and learn more about the wildlife and the natural environment.”

The event runs from 10am to 2pm and includes a lunch break.

Volunteers are welcome to stay for the whole day or join in either the morning or afternoon sessions. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch if you intend to work the whole day.

Conscripts are asked to assemble at Weelsby Woods car park.

You’ll be provided with all the tools and equipment you’ll need, just make sure you come prepared and bring plenty of enthusiasm.

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