We’ve got our first balsam pull of the season coming up next Tuesday (2 June).
Himalayan balsam is a non-native species which supresses the growth of native British plants growing along our riverbanks. It forms thick stems which prevent other species from colonising and when it dies back in the winter it exposes sections of riverbank leaving it susceptible to erosion. The weed has explosive seed pods which carry readily down water courses so it is important to get rid of the balsam before these ripen.
Come and have a fun day out and help us remove Himalayan balsam from the beautiful Valency Valley so the native wildlife here can flourish.