During the middle of the year on the first Saturday of each month (whenever possible) at 9.30 am we meet at the Swimming Baths Café after the litter pick to do a Balsam Bash – remove Himalayan Balsam. Old clothes and long sleeves are the order of the day and don’t forget your wellies if it has been raining. The WDC has provided us with gloves and bin bags as there is a legal requirement toto bag up and remove any Himalayan Balsam that is pulled up. We also now have some distinctive yellow tabards with our logo on to show who we are.
Himalayan Balsam Working Party Dates
August was our last Himalayan Balsam Working party this year.
There will be plenty of opportunity next year to get stick in.
Results for 2018:
August 04 2018
Yet another successful “balsam Bash” – actually it is much more a case of pulling it up. It comes up quite easily, which is a very positive thing. However it is essential that it is all collected and bagged up so that the Council can come and remove it for proper disposal. We managed to collect about 14 bags for Council disposal. Once again we would like to thank all those who joined in with this task.
It may be an attractive flower, but it has to be eliminated or it will just take over!!
After a lot of hard work…
Some of our volunteers with the bags of Himalayan balsam collected by all of the volunteers on this occasion…
Photographs by David Emsley
July 07 2018
Our second attack at the Himalayan Balsam this year. The four volunteers did some sterling work and managed to collect 7 bags of Himalayan Balsam.
Photographs by Sam Sexton
June 02 2018 Result
This is our first attack at the Himalayan Balsam this year. It is growing along the banks of Finham Brook and needs to be removed to help prevent its spread to wider areas in Abbey Fields and surrounding Areas.
On this occasion we only managed six ‘Himalayan Balsam Bashers’ however they managed to collect about 15 bags of balsam. The volunteers were great, diligent and enthusiastic! It was a pleasure to work with them. In places the Himalayan Balsam was so dense that once removed, it left a totally clear patch of earth with no other plants. This alone justifies its removal as it obviously just wipes out the indigenous growth .
It was a very satisfying exercise. If you secure the easily identifiable hollow stem low enough and gently tug, the complete plant and root can be lifted easily and safely.
Quite a therapeutic exercise although not good for the back as at least one of the volunteers will attest to.
Photographs by Ojars Bartmanis and Sam Sexton
As this is our first recorded ‘Balsam Bash’ we have no details of previous such working parties, but next year……