Himalayan Balsam Work Parties

IWA branches have been busy planning and running Himalayan balsam work parties for 2019. More details will be released soon. 

Tuesday 6th August - IWA Birmingham, Black Country and Worcestershire Branch - Himalayan Balsam Bash - 10am. Meet at Park on Lyle Avenue, Kidderminster, (DY11 7DE), walk under the railway bridge, down to the canal and turn right along the towpath. Contact Bob Fox - bob.fox@waterways.org.uk

Saturday 20th July - IWA Manchester Branch - Himalayan Balsam Bash at Hollinwood Canal. The work sites will be around the former staircase locks leading to the junction with the Park Bridge branch and around the spill weir at that junction. Please meet at 10am at the Visitor Centre in the car park of the Daisy Nook Country Park, M35 9WJ, Contact Barry McGuinness at barry.mcguiness@waterways.org.uk if you are planning to come along. 

There is car parking at Daisy Nook but it is busy. Busses 230 & 231 running between Manchester and Ashton serve Daisy Nook. Alternatively, cycle or walk the towpath. There's a cafe and toilets at the Visitor Centre.

Saturday 13th July - IWA Chiltern Branch with River Thame Conservation Trust  - Himalayan Balsam Bash at Bear Brook, Aylesbury. 10.30-12.30 and 13.30 to 15.30. Meet Outside the Honey Bee, Trenchard Street, Aylesbury, HP19 7AA. There is free parking in the surrounding streets. Contact Nicola Kiely at nicola.kiely@waterways.org.uk

Saturday 15th June - 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 wendy.humphreys@waterways.org.uk

Wednesday 12th June - IWA West Country Branch – Himalayan Balsam Bash on Bridgwater & Taunton Canal – 10am - 4pm. Meet near Crown Industrial Estate, Venture Road, Priorswood, Taunton, TA2 8AX. Contact Mike Slade at mike.slade@waterways.org.uk or call 07977 263840.

Why not organise your own?

More information on Himalayan balsam and work parties is available from Alison Smedley.

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