IWA branches have been busy planning and running Himalayan Balsam work parties for 2018.
Sunday 8th July – IWA Warwickshire Branch supported by Warwickshire District Council – work party 10am – 1pm to stem the spread of Himalayan balsam, a highly destructive plant that crowds out native plants and causes erosion. Volunteers asked to clear the plant at Myton Fields, CV34 6PR, alongside River Avon, wear stout shoes, gloves can be provided. Contact: info@firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 12th July – IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch and Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust – Monthly work party on the Uttoxeter Canal. 10am to 3pm. Himalayan balsam clearance and other tasks around Bridge 70, Crumpwood. No parking available at site so please meet at 9.30am at Denstone Village Hall, College Rd, Denstone, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 5HR for a lift, or meet on site at Bridge 70 at 10am having made your own way on foot. Please wear old clothes, stout shoes and bring waterproofs and a packed lunch if staying all day. For more information contact Steve Wood: email@example.com or 07976 805858.
Thursday 12th July - IWA Lancashire & Cumbria Branch supporting Friends of Haslam Park – Himalayan Balsam Bash – 10am - 4pm. Meet in the car park at Haslam Park, Bristow Avenue, Ashton, Preston, PR2 1JE. Contact Wendy Humphreys on 07763-561572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 21st July - IWA Lancashire & Cumbria Branch supported by Lancaster Canal Trust, Friends of Haslam Park – Himalayan Balsam Bash at Haslam Park – 10am - 4pm. Meet in the car park at Haslam Park, Bristow Avenue, Ashton, Preston, PR2 1JE. Contact Wendy Humphreys on 07763-561572 or email email@example.com
You should record the presence of invasive species on a national database. This is easily done via the PlantTracker app. Alternatively you can record online at the Non-native Species Secretariat website. You should also alert the appropriate land owner, council and or management body to the presence and location of this plant.