A CONSERVATION group that is helping rid a South Lakeland river of an invasive plant species has received support from Kendal Town Council (KTC).

The River Kent Invasive Plants Action Group has currently got control of Himalayan Balsam spread in the waterway’s catchment area.

But a meeting of the town council’s environment and highways committee heard that flooding events often bring seeds down the river to settle and germinate on the banks and constant vigilance is required to prevent re-infestation.

The group of volunteers, which operates under the auspices of the South Cumbria Rivers Trust, carries out work parties between the end of May and beginning of September each year.

Cllr Giles Archibald said that Himalayan Balsam is not just confined to the river but can also be found around town. He suggested an article be placed in the KTC magazine to educate people about the plant.

It was agreed that the town council support the group in its work and members agreed to give a grant of £615.