Balsam Bash at West Park!

Volunteers are needed to take part in a ‘Balsam Bash’ at West Park  . . . a summertime onslaught against the unwelcome and invasive Himalayan plant that is growing profusely in the Long Eaton park.

Volunteer Michelle Lally tackles the Balsam in the recent first ‘bash’ at West ParkOrganised by the Friends of West Park group, the event will take place on Thursday 18 July at 7pm when those taking part will aim to pull up as much of the unwanted Himalayan Balsam as possible in a bid to prevent it from spreading further afield.

Willing volunteers can meet the Friends group members at the bridge by the café in the park at 7pm. Just turn up on the night; long sleeves, trousers and stout footwear is the recommended dress code! For more information, please contact David Lally via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Himalayan Balsam is a highly invasive non-native species, which rapidly takes over wild areas and riverbanks, ruining habitats by killing off other more desirable plants. Between June and October it produces clusters of pink flowers, followed by pods that open and ‘explode’ the seeds up to 7m away.

 

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