Duhallow may be a long way from Asia but that hasn’t stopped the invasive plant species, the Japanese Knotweed from making its way into the region.

In addition, the Himalayan Balsam is another  species which are spreading rampantly along roadsides and riverbanks of not just Duhallow, but equally so, Cork city and county.

In Newmarket, over 60 people took part in a practical workshop, which was jointly organised by the IRD Duhallow Life project and the Cork branch of the Irish Wildlife Trust. Kieran Murphy, project scientist with IRD Duhallow Life project told the gathering that the Himalayan Balsam has been removed from vast stretches of the Blackwater river and its tributaries without using chemicals….

The Corkman 28/10/2014 Read the article ‘Volunteer army tackle a very knotty problem