Himalyan Balsam on Gatley Carrs

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Balsam Bashing

Sunday, 24 Jun 2018

Please feel free to ‘Balsam Bash’ any time you are on the Carrs.  For those of you who don’t know what this is, it is a therapeutic way to keep the invasive Himalayan Balsam at bay.

We are very grateful for any volunteers who can spare some time to help us maintain this lovely area. Make sure you wear gloves, long sleeves and trousers there are many nettles around. 

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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