Root Out Himalayan Balsam This Summer

Root Out Himalayan Balsam This Summer

15 May 2015

IWA's annual summer Himalayan Balsam Campaign begins with an Awareness Week from 16th-24th May, when the public will be asked for help to root out the invasive plant.

During Himalayan Balsam Awareness Week, IWA will spread the message about the damage this deceptively pretty but destructive plant can cause to river and canal banks, biodiversity and waterway habitats. Through social media and the Association’s website, IWA will share identification tips, interesting facts and information on how people can help by joining a Himalayan Balsam pull on their local waterway.

IWA volunteers gave over 900 hours to the campaign last year and cleared over ten miles of waterway from the plant. IWA branches are already busy planning pulls so keep an eye on IWA’s website for more information about these events that will run mainly between late May and the end of July.

You can also get involved by helping to raise awareness of Himalayan Balsam next week by following IWA on Facebook and Twitter (@IWA_UK) and sharing our posts and Tweets about the invasive species, keep an eye out for the #RootOut2015 hashtag. You could even Tweet about the plant via your own Twitter accounts using these suggested Tweets:

  • Get involved with @IWA_UK's #RootOut2015 Himalayan Balsam Campaign & improve your local waterway environment http://buff.ly/1DWalx1

  • Spot Himalayan Balsam by looking out for its flowers, leaf shape and red stems. Learn more http://buff.ly/1JvQYjA  #RootOut2015 @IWA_UK

  • Himalayan Balsam can negatively impact wildlife, boaters & anglers by damaging waterway banks #RootOut2015 http://buff.ly/1H61YGJ @IWA_UK

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