Invite to come and bash invasive balsam

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Keep Oban Beautiful is waging war on an invasive plant strangling wildlife along the Black Lynn.

The campaign’s chairman, Maurice Wilkins, hopes as many people as possible will turn out at the Lynn  next to Tesco this Sunday, August 5, from 11am to give a helping hand.

Although it is attractive to bees, it spreads easily and stops other natural vegetation from growing, said Mr Wilkins.

‘The idea is just to pull it up and leave it where it is, if we leave it too much later the seeds will spill and explode everywhere. We’d be talking millions of them! It’s a maniac,’ added Mr Wilkins who is urging people not to take seeds and plant them in their own gardens.

‘Because it’s so attractive, people take seeds home and plant them but they shouldn’t. Please, please don’t do it. It will take over your garden, your neighbours’, their neighbours’ and the whole street.

‘It’s best to rip it up and just leave it over the fence. It’s a simple job. Anyone can pull a bit up when they’re passing,’ he said.

Keep Oban Beautiful has long-term plans to turn the area along the Black Lynn from Soroba Lane bridge up Lynn Road to Soroba Road into ‘a lovely walk’ but ‘without the exotic invaders’.

Go to Keep Oban Beautiful’s Facebook page to find out more.