Adopt a Stretch of The Bollin

FOBB are looking for families/individuals/groups of friends or companies to adopt a stretch of the Bollin, and to keep it clear of the non-native invasive Himalayan Balsam.

Over the past 7 years volunteers are been turning out each weekend from May to August in order to clear vast swathes of this damaging plant. This sustained effort has transformed the area until now it is largely just a maintenance programme.

We are asking locals to take on the maintenance of a small area at a time to suit them. The map shows three types of patch:

  • Red areas of the most difficult, either in terms of density of plants or access, which can be simply via a footpath for some of the white areas or via a steep bank for red areas.
  • White areas are the easiest
  • Amber are intermediate.

Whatever your appetite we will find the right patch for you

All we ask is that you visit your patch every 4 weeks from late May to September, pulling up any plants that grow and preventing any from flowering and seeding. A member of the FOBB team will visit the site with you in May 2020 to show you the exact location and should you need it, help you to identify the plants in question.

Solid areas on the map have already been adopted – a list of the ‘orphans’ is shown at the bottom of the page 

If you would like to be involved please email 

stating the number of the patch on the map in which you are interested.

Please allow 48 hours for a response.

Your contribution will be recognised on the website (or not, if you prefer to remain anonymous) and you will be given first option to maintain the same patch the next year.


A lovely way to enjoy the local countryside and give something back to the community at a time to suit you, and if you are really lucky you might even see one of these…