'Help us weed out problem' - say Trebanos RFC who are suffering because of Japanese knotweed
A GROWING Swansea Valley rugby team is hoping a green fingered gardener can cure its Japanese knotweed problem.
Trebanos RFC is currently running five junior teams ranging from the under-7s up to under-15s.
With such an expanding and successful setup, the club has been looking at converting a patch of land next to its pitch to use as a training field.
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The field however is besieged in Japanese knotweed — and with the club quoted a price of £10,000 to have the troublesome shrub removed — members are seeking advice to see how they can deal with the problem and pay for it too.
Chairman Chris Penhale said: "Considering two years ago we didn't have any youth teams at all we have managed to get it together well.
"With all the teams now it is just about being able to accommodate them.
"We are a one-pitch club and with two senior teams and five junior teams, it is only getting two days rest a week. With the winter it's tough.
"The bit of land was given to the club some years back.
"I have had a couple of quotes about removing the knotweed and they have been in the region of £10,000 — it would also be over a three year period as well.
"That would be just to remove the knotweed as well before we have done anything else."
Mr Penhale added that if anyone can help the club out with the problem and how to fund the project then he would be happy to hear from them.
"I just feel we need a bit of professional advice about what we can do, we are all volunteers here," he said.
"We have been to the Welsh Rugby Union and they have given us some advice in terms of funding options.
"If we can get some advice on how to deal with the knotweed and where to go in terms of funding then that will be a start."
Can you help? Contact Mr Penhale on Chris.Penhale@trebanosrfc.com