Help us bash the balsam this July
Please help us tackle Himalayan balsam in your neighbourhood this July, before the pink flowers turn to seed.
- It's very easy to pull up the roots and snap the stem - the plant will then break down very quickly.
- Don’t put yourself at risk - take care not to work on steep or slippery slopes, or close to water bodies.
- Watch out for bees and other insects - they like balsam, so take care not to disturb them or get stung!
- Brambles and nettles may be nearby, so wear gloves, long sleeves and trousers to protect yourself.
- If it’s not your land or a public right of way, be sure to ask the landowner’s permission.
- Take care not to spread seed – if there are already seed pods, leave the plant alone for this year. Make sure you don’t spread any seed on your shoes or boots.
- Watch the videos below for more information and inspiration.
- Let us know how you get on! Share photos and videos of the work you are doing on social media, using the hashtag #BashTheBalsam - we'd love to see your progress.
For more information, read our joint press release or view the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's 8 Point Plan. You can find out why invasive species control is an important part of reducing flood risk here: Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) and flood risk in Calderdale.
Community balsam bashing videos
Here are some clips of partner organisations and individuals taking action.
Balsam Bashing - Calder Future in Todmorden
Balsam bashing - Todmorden residents
Biosecurity basics - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Biosecurity in Brighouse - Environment Agency
Identifying Himalayan balsam - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust