Groups help clear Aberdeen riverside of invasive plant

The groups were helped to removed the weed
The groups were helped to removed the weed

A local authority helped a community to rid the green spaces in the area of an invasive plant.

The community of Donside Village, along with River Dee Trust, were joined by the Environmental Policy Team from Aberdeen City Council (ACC) to pull up non-native Himalayan Balsam alongside the Don.

The plant, a relative of the Busy Lizzie, can often cause a major weed problem particularly on riverbanks and waste land.

It spreads quickly, smothering other vegetation as it goes.

An Aberdeen City Council Countryside Ranger Service spokesman said: “Thanks to the ACC environmental policy team and some local volunteers for doing a great job of pulling up the Himalayan Balsam.

“This is an ongoing battle where we are working with partners such as the River Dee Trust and local communities.”