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.
Organised 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.
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.