If you are out for a walk along a waterway this summer, look out for Himalayan balsam. Whether you are walking the dog or out with family and friends, everyone can help by pulling up a few plants if you see it before the seeds have started to develop.
Here’s what to do:
And that’s all there is to it.
Find out more about Himalayan Balsam.
Do you know an area that you believe would benefit from a Himalayan Balsam pulling session? Then contact us (details below).
You should also record the presence of Himalayan Balsam on a national database. This is easily done online via PlantTracker, a recording system created in partnership with the University of Bristol, Environment Agency and the Centre for Hydrology & Ecology, which can also be downloaded as an App, or via the Non-native Species Secretariat website. You should also report any locations of Himalayan Balsam to your local waterway office.
Ensure you don’t accidentally carry the seeds to a new area (eg on the bottom of your shoes or on the deck of a boat), and don’t place balsam flowers or stems on areas where it was not previously present.
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(above photo, from left: Joseph, Peter and Thomas)
“I decided to come and volunteer bashing balsam because I have just finished my exams and was looking for something to do. I found it therapeutic and very good fun.” Peter