HIMALAYAN BALSAM BASHING!
It is that time of year again!
Himalayan Balsam Bashing season is upon us!
Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) is a invasive non-native species. It spreads rapidly and can cause damage to the environment; it out-competes native species, helps to erode riverbanks in winter and can cause increased nutrients and sedimentation in rivers.
It can grow up to 2.5 metres high from seed in a single season and can project its seeds for up to seven metres. Many seeds drop or explode, contaminating land and riverbanks and hence the need for it to be removed before it spreads.
Fancy helping other keen volunteers to remove Himalayan Balsam in the area? If so, take a look at the dates and locations in and around the River Kent.
* Please be aware that dates and locations are subject to change.