Big Dee Day - The Invasion 2013

June 2013 saw the first Big Dee Day The Invasion event to be held in the Dee catchment.

A breakfast event was held at Ty Mawr Country Park, Wrexham on Friday 28th June which saw local volunteers, conservation organisations, charities, businesses and council dignitaries coming together to launch the Big Dee Day The Invasion. Talks were delivered by local and national representatives including Richard Lucas of the Welsh Dee Trust, Councillor Carolyn Thomas Biodiversity Champion & Chair, Flintshire County Council and Olaf Booy, GB Non-Native Species Secretariat. Displays were set out around the room and food for the event was provided by Rhug Organic Farm.

BDDTI launch event 2013

After the launch many organisers dashed off to various sites across the catchment for a day of Himalayan balsam pulling with volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. More “balsam bashing” events happened on the Saturday with some ending in BBQs to celebrate the success of the events and the hard work of the volunteers.

In total 17 events were held through out the catchment spanning for Chester to Bala. Over 1200 hours of volunteer time were spent controlling INNS over the two days which is a fantastic achievement.  Have a look at the summary report for 2013 here.


The 2013 event was a fantastic success and it was decided that the event would definitely be repeated in 2014.