As reported on the 15th April 2019 the Wear Rivers Trust has a current project to map and control Wear Invasive Non Native Species (WINNS) with particular focus on riverbanks. To that end the WRT can offer 2019 training in the form of a Safe Use of Pesticides Course PA1 and PA6(W). This will allow legal use of a knapsack sprayer to treat Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed and Himalayan Balsam safely next to watercourses. The WRT will pay for the training and in exchange will ask clubs to treat their own waters (and if possible, upstream sources to stop seeds washing down). The training will take place over two and a half days as described below;
Wednesday 22nd May (PA1 Safe Handling and Application of Pesticide) – everyone must attend this day.
Friday 31st May or Wed 5th June (PA6AW Safe Use of Hand Held Applicators in or near water) – everyone must attend one of these two days.
Mon 10th June or Tue 11th June or Wed 12th June (Assessment by City in Guilds) – everyone must attend for a half day to pass a simple practical test on one of these 3 days.
The course will take place between 9am – 5pm at the Durham Wildlife Trust HQ at Rainton Meadows, Houghton le Spring, DH4 6PU.
The cost to WRT is going to be about £600 each and those that attend will get a knapsack and all kit and ‘Round up,’ so please ensure you really can afford the time if you put a name forward.