Author Topic: HIMALAYAN BALSAM  (Read 2232 times)

Clair Parish

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« on: July 21, 2014, 09:32:56 PM »
The walk near the river is smothered with the stuff - invasive species listed by the Environment Agency.  Are there any plans to control it. 


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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2014, 10:11:44 AM »
The river bank/Severn Way comes under the control of the county council,and they usually keep the path clear,but over the years on my weekly butterfly survey,I've never seen any evidence of balsam being cleared along there.

We used to do balsam bashes in the withy beds with the rangers every couple of years,and managed to keep it quite clear.Oh the joys of paddling in pongy Duck Brook ::)

Balsam bash 2007
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Even if they did organise a bash down there on the river bank, I fear it may be too late,as the balsam may have already shed its seeds.If I'm down there I'll pull up the odd plant and lie it down so the roots are not touching the ground,and they die.Hopeless task for one person but it makes me feel I've tried!

I don't suppose there's any money in the council coffers to do it now.