Hands-on workshop looks at invasive plants in BF

BELLOWS FALLS — The public is invited to come learn about invasive plant species and how best to prevent and reverse their spread on Sunday, Sept. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the parking lot next to Hetty Green Park at 2 School St.

This free, outdoor event will provide hands-on instruction in the identification of common invasive plant species and preferred removal techniques.

Invasive plant species may be found in urban and suburban backyards, parks, and shared public spaces. They damage native ecosystems and reduce biodiversity, and they can increase the spread of ticks and the illnesses they carry.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from expert foresters about what program organizers describe as “pesky invasive plants.”

The program will include a hands-on presentation, followed by a community work session where attendees will help rid a shared public space of invasive plants while learning about identification and removal.

Wear comfortable clothes and footwear for outdoor, gardening-type work, including gloves. Part of the area has poison ivy, so tall washable rubber boots are the safest footwear. Bring any gardening equipment you might have, including pruning shears or loppers, and a small shovel.

To register, call the Rockingham Free Public Library at 802-463-4270, email [email protected], or visit rockinghamlibrary.org.

The rain date will be Saturday, Oct. 2, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Those who register will be notified in the event of rescheduling.

For more information, visit windhamcountynrcd.org, or contact Conservation District Manager Cory Ross at [email protected] or 802-689-3024.

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