Swansea Canal Himalayan Balsam Bash

Issue date: 17th July 2013 

Members of IWA South Wales Branch supported the Swansea Canal Society on their recent Himalayan Balsam work party over the weekend of 23rd/24th June. On the Saturday all the Himalayan Balsam along the towpath from Coed Gwilym Park to the Pontardawe playing fields (about half a mile) was pulled up, with more work being carried out on the Sunday. Volunteers were able to use the Swansea Canal Society’s new Rough Terrain Trolley (kindly donated by Vale Inco Nickel Works). Volunteers noticed a great improvement on the amount of Himalayan Balsam compared to the previous year, demonstrating that pulling the plant up before it flowers is a worthwhile activity.

Photo: Swansea Canal Balsam Bash 2013 courtesy of Martin Davies