Funding Cuts for 2015

March 06, 2015

The cessation of Environment Agency funding for the control of Himalayan Balsam in the River Otter has been announced for this year.

Funding for Water Framework Directive driven projects for 2015-16 has been restricted, and despite this work being so well supported by partners, the Himalayan Balsam project has not been allocated resources.

This is a real shame because as well as the continuing local efforts on the River Tale, and the pebblebed tributaries below Ottery St Mary, we had started to make some good progress on the upper stretches of the River. The Tale Valley Trust will, however, aim to seek alternative funding, continue to hold balsam pulling volunteering days, and educate landowners on this invasive species and it's effect. 

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