Himalyan Balsam on Gatley Carrs

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Balsam Bashing - Volunteers Needed 24 June 2018

Sunday, 24 Jun 2018

On Sunday 24th June we shall be having a ‘Balsam Bash’ which, for those of you who don’t know, is a therapeutic way to keep the invasive Himalayan Balsam at bay.

Meet in the car park at 10.0am. We shall be very grateful for any volunteers who can spare an hour or so to help us maintain this lovely area. Please bring gloves and wear long sleeves and trousers.

If we do not slow down the growth of the Himalayan Balsam it will eventually take over the reserve and affect the growth of the wild flowers. It’s quite easy to remove, it pulls up easily. The optimum time to remove it is in May and June, once it is visible and identifiable, but before it has had a chance to flower.

What is Himalayan balsam?

Introduced to the UK in 1839, Himalayan balsam is now a naturalised plant, found especially on riverbanks and in waste places where it has become a problem weed.

Himalayan balsam tolerates low light levels and also shades out other vegetation, so gradually impoverishing habitats by killing off other plants. It is sometimes seen in gardens, either uninvited or grown deliberately, but care must be taken to ensure that it does not escape into the wild.

More information can be found on the Royal Horticultural Society Website.

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