Himalayan Balsam – River Brue

As many of you who walk along the riverbank by Church bridge will have noticed, the Himalayan Balsam from last year’s seeds has become prevalent now that it is flowering. This is despite an earlier cull of the plant. 

On Saturday 24th September it is intended to remove the remaining plants. If anybody can spare an hour of their time, please meet by the benches/seats at the church bridge at 10am. You will need waders and/or decent wellington boots, gloves and a long-sleeved shirt to protect arms from stinging nettles. Obviously, volunteers need to be reasonably fit, and sound footed. For further information please email graham@bruecrew.org or info@bruecrew.org.


The Bruecrew are currently looking for someone to take over the role of treasurer within the charity. The task is not onerous and does not account for a great deal of personal time to be spent on the role. Anyone interested should have previous experience and be well versed in the role. The treasurer is responsible for all financial matters within the charity. A brief summary of the role is shown below.

Treasurer duties and responsibilities

A Treasurer ensures that an organisation’s fiscal practices adhere to industry best practices to safeguard its financial position. Their main duties and responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing and protecting the company’s financial status
  • Writing and presenting reports of the charities forecasted and presenting financial status
  • Contributing to the development of financial strategies and policies
  • Ensuring compliance with industry regulations and tax legislation. (Where appropriate)
  • Handling receipts, banking and protection of charity funds.

As ever, if you have any comments or questions, please contact any of the Team. With watery and wild regards

Graham. Secretary

Himalayan Balsam Bashing

Today Monday 11th July, four members of the Bruecrew spent several hours pulling up the Himalayan Balsam that lines the river bank. They concentrated on the part of the river directly up stream from the road bridge opposite to the church in Bruton. As far as can be seen, there is no further evidence of this invasive weed. Whilst some may say “it looks nice with its flowers” it is highly invasive and if left unchecked will smother all native plants. Another bash is to be planned down river from the bridge where the water can be much deeper. Many thanks go to Peter for organising and help from John, Dave and Graham.

Walk To The Source

Bruecrew will be walking to the source of the river Brue on Sunday 19th June 2022. Meeting at the stepping stones/Pack Horse Bridge at 9.30 for 10am start. Bring a packed lunch and stout walking boots. RSVP to graham@bruecrew.org as transport has to be arranged for the return trip by road. All is subject to weather, so make sure to leave contact details etc.

Walk To The Source

The Bruecrew will be taking a party of walkers up to the source of the river Brue on Sunday 19th June 2022. All are welcome to come along. We will be meeting by the pack horse bridge on the town side at 10am. Suggest you bring a packed lunch. Further details will be published after the trustee meeting on May 30th 2022.

Bruecrew AGM

Our AGM will be held on November 16th 2021 in the Club Room underneath At The Chapel, Bruton high street. Commence 7.30pm. All welcome. For further info, please email graham@bruecrew.org

Easter Escapade, Hauser and Wirth

Bruecrew will be manning their stand at this years Easter Escapade at Hauser and Wirth on Good Friday 10th April 2020 from 11am until 4pm.

We would really appreciate some volunteers through out this time to help our staff man the stand. If you can spare an hour (or two) please email “graham@bruecrew.org”

Pumpkin Festival 2019

Bruecrew once again had their own stall at the 2019 Pumpkin Festival in October. It drew quite a lot of interest from the public who were interested to see what the Bruecrew actually does for the community. Children were encouraged to draw a fish in a competition to design a yellow fish that will be stencilled onto drains that discharge directly into the Brue. The aim is to reduce pollution in the river from accidental discharges.

Walk To The Source

In June 2019 ten intrepid explorers plus two dogs set off from the stepping stones in Bruton to walk to the source of the river Brue some six miles distant. Despite encounters with natives along the way they made it safely and enjoyed a packed lunch.

Building Two Berms

We need your strong arms and backs next Saturday, 30th March, to complete BrueCREW’s most ambitious ‘natural flood management’ work to date – building two stone berms upstream of Church Bridge. Please tell us here if you can help. You can register at Eventbrite or email info@bruecrew.org  

Volunteers should arrive at 9 am for a briefing, by the riverside benches at the Patwell Lane end of Church Bridge. Local stone will have been delivered into the river early in the morning, and our job is to create two teardrop shaped berms, under the expert  direction of the Wild Trout Trust – Think horizontal dry (or wet?) stone walling.

This work party suits energetic gardeners, builders or sportspeople – please bring a few friends, or encourage those you know to join us, as many hands make light work!

We recommend waders and stout gloves. Wellies may be sufficient if the flow is low on Saturday. Expect to finish early afternoon.

The two stone berms will deflect water towards the northern arch (at Church Bridge Stores’ end of the bridge), ‘Slowing the Flow’ to reduce flash flood risk through Bruton. Berms vary the flow through the canalised town centre, and also provide good habitats for invertebrates and fish.

Materials have been funded by a £1,000 Hills to Levels capital grant from Somerset Rivers Authority. BrueCREW have secured Environment Agency permission.

Please let us know if you can help, so that we have a good idea of numbers ahead of Saturday 30th March