Final Himalayan Balsam Pull of 2013 on the Caldon Canal

Issue date: 17th September 2013

IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch hosted a group of children and  leaders from the St. Andrew's  Light Seekers Youth Group, in Cheddleton, who spent the evening of Monday 2nd September tackling the invasive non-native Himalayan Balsam plants that are growing along the Caldon Canal and the River Churnet in Cheddleton in Staffordshire.

As the seed pods had now started to develop, the flowers and seeds were cut off and put into black sacks for later disposal, before pulling up the remaining plant to leave the ground clear for native plant seeds to take hold. 

The children and leaders, clad in official volunteer fluorescent  vests, gardening gloves, long sleeves and trousers, tackled the plants that were within reach and this helped to stop further spread of the invasive Himalayan Balsam.  The work will contribute to the Churnet Valley Living Landscape’s  Big Pull project which aims to get 1000 people out pulling up Himalayan Balsam in the Churnet Valley over the next three years.