Funds made available to attack non-native invasive plants

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is calling on organisations to apply for funding from Scotland's Water Environment Restoration Fund for projects including tackling non-native invasive plants.

The fund has been running since 2008 and £1.5m has so far been allocated. The money has also been used to fund two national projects including one to control non-native bank-side species, with a long-term aim of eradicating Japanese knotweed, Himalayan Balsam, Giant Hogweed and Rhododendron ponticum (HW, August) from Scotland's watercourses.

SEPA restoration specialist Julie Tuck said: "We encourage any organisation with a project they feel would be suitable to apply. The fund is open to a wide range of interest groups, including community groups, fishery trusts, environmental charities and landowners."

There is no deadline for projects seeking less than £10,000 funding but those seeking more than that for the 2010-11 period must apply by 6 October.

Projects must aim to improve the environmental status of a waterway by tackling the physical pressures on that system, for example, by promoting native bank-side planting or restoring flood plains.

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