20 Jul
2020

Community balsam bashing videos

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

 

Posted in: invasive species, natural flood management