Lancaster Canal plant busters win top award

Himalayan Balsam.

Himalayan Balsam.

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A project to stop weeds from defacing the Lune Aqueduct has won a national award.

The Inland Waterways Association’s work to tackle the spread of Himalayan Balsam won the Natural Environment gong at the national waterways awards.

The 2015 Living Waterways Awards were held in London on Thursday night.

They seek to recognise the most inspiring and exciting waterway-based improvement projects across the UK.

The winners were selected from dozens of entries by an independent panel of experts, led by Christopher Rodrigues CBE.

Himalayan Balsam has spread across the waterway network crowding out native species, reducing biodiversity and leaving banks prone to erosion. The campaign aims to increase waterway users’ awareness of the plant and encourage members of the public and landowners to remove plants whenever they are seen.