Mayford Village Society Balsam Bashing

 

 

Balsam is starting to take over at Mayford Meadows and we need to make an impact on it now!

 

So we are holding two more socially distant balsam bashes.

 

Many thanks to all who attended are last bash!

 

We will be having two more attempts and will be meeting at the entrance of the meadow by Mayford bridge

 

Next One on: Wednesday 22nd July

 

Then on:  Saturday 25th July 

 

Both Start times: 10am

 

Please wear long trousers, sensible shoes, recommend long sleeves & gloves.

 

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

All enquiries to Simon Curry

 

balsam@mayfordvs.co.uk

 

 

BALSAM BASHING

 

OUR MEADOWS ARE OVERRUN WITH THE HIGHLY INVASIVE HIMALAYAN BALSAM

 

 

Himalyan Balsam, grows up to 2.5m high from seed in a single season, and project its seeds up to four metres in any direction. 

It spreads quickly, particularly along waterways and its success means that when left uncontrolled it will spread rapidly across a large area. As it dies back in the winter it smothers native plants and causes further damage to riverbanks.  

Removing the Balsam in the summer season before the seeds have formed can help to manage the spread of this invasive species, and help protect the environment.

 

We are always looking for volunteers to help Bash the Balsam and will inform you when we are arranging the next working party.

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