What is Himalayan balsam? Native to the slopes of the Himalayas (hence the name) it was introduced as a garden plant in the early 19th century and since then has become widespread, especially along urban rivers.
Although it is an attractive herb, with pink-purple flowers, it out-competes our native species in ecologically sensitive areas, particularly river banks. Where it grows in dense stands along river banks it can impede flow at times of high rainfall, increasing the likelihood of flooding. Die back of extensive stands over winter can leave river banks bare and exposed to erosion.
So, we need your help to protect our riverbanks and native plants! Join us at one or more of our series of balsam bashing days at Heads Nook this June to help get this invasive plant under control.
Please wear old clothes and sturdy footwear. We will provide equipment and refreshments!
To reserve your place and received information about meeting place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jenni Payne on 01768 866788