The BIG Balsam Bash: Learn and Bash!

Date: 03 July 2021 | 10am - 1pm | Trout Beck Catchment, Appleby area

The BIG Balsam Bash 2021 – 01 July until 11 July

If you want to rid your local patch of the hugely invasive (and alien species) Himalayan balsam but are unsure:

  • What it looks like when it’s growing (before the flowers bloom) or
  • How to pull it out and make sure it doesn’t grow again


Join us for a morning with our friendly and knowledgeable staff and learn more about this invasive species – its lifecycle, what it looks like, what problems it causes for our riverbanks and native plants, when is the best time to pull it out and how to make sure it doesn’t grow back bigger and stronger!

We’ll all then go to where the balsam is growing so you can try out your newly-learnt skills and knowledge on some real-life plants. After that, you’ll be ready to tackle the balsam in your local area!

Want to know more about Himalayan balsam – watch our recent View from the Riverbank talk about Invasive, Non-native Species.(Opens in YouTube)

Bring (per person):

  • A mug (we’ll put the Kelly kettle on!) and
  • A pair of gloves.


  • Clothes suitable for the Cumbrian weather, including long trousers
  • Sturdy boots or wellies.

If you don’t own any suitable gloves (gardening ones will be ideal) then please let us know when you book your place and we’ll see what we can do.

How to book:

All of our volunteer events are Covid-safe and follow the current UK Government guidance.

A maximum of 30 places are available and you must book your place in advance. If you feel unwell on the day, please do not come to the event.

Children are welcome to join in too but must be supervised by a parent/carer/responsible adult.

Book your place by emailing

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