Community Action for the Bear Brook

We need your help to improve rivers 

Take part in the "Community Action for the Bear Brook" Initiative

River Thame Conservation Trust has started a new initiative, Community Action for the Bear Brook (CABB) and would like to invite you to participate. We’re inviting local residents to help us build a new community group in Fairford Leys, Aylesbury. This group will play a vital role in protecting and enhancing the Bear Brook with the dedicated support from RTCT staff.

This project was inspired by our previous efforts on the Bear Brook to control invasive Himalayan Balsam, where we realised the power of community involvement. To gauge interest, we conducted an online survey this summer and discovered that Fairford Leys residents cherish the Bear Brook for its beauty and recreational opportunities. Alongside this appreciation, there was shared concern about its ecological health and a clear willingness to address these issues together. We now need the support of people like you, who live alongside the Bear Brook, to get this project off the ground and amplify our impact. 

How can you get involved?

Join our Himalayan Balsam Bash Events

A "Balsam Bash" is an outdoor event where volunteers will manually remove invasive Himalayan Balsam plants from the banks of the Bear Brook, typically by pulling them up by hand.

All Welcome!

What to Bring:

  • Water
  • A pair of thick gloves (gloves provided if needed)
  • Packed lunch

Recommended Attire:

  • Long sleeves & long trousers
  • Sturdy boots or wellies

Arriving Late? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator for assistance finding us on the day.


Meeting point:

The Fairford Leys Centre

Hampden Square

HP19 7HT

10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Session Dates:


Thursday 30th May 2024

Thursday 6th June 2024

Thursday 13th June 2024

Sunday 23th June 2024

Thursday 27th June 2024


Have Questions? Contact Chels, our Volunteer Coordinator, via email at