Market Rasen – Balsam Bashing!
Date – Saturday 2nd July 2022
Time – 10.00am – 1.00pm approximately
We’ll be starting from the Festival Hall in Market Rasen. There is parking here but please note it is pay and display. The pay and display is cash only or you can pay by mobile app. Please feel free to find alternate parking in Market Rasen and join us at the Festival Hall for 10am.
- Gloves (gardening will be fine)
- Suitable outdoor clothing such as waterproofs and sturdy shoes
- Bringing a drink is normally a good idea
- Medication for yourself if you require it (please notify the volunteer coordinator before the day or before the walk starts)
- Emergency contact details
- Watch the weather conditions and plan accordingly, i.e. sun cream, hat if necessary
About the day
Himalayan Balsam is a non-native invasive species which has become widely naturalised along riverbanks and ditches, especially close to towns. It is fast-growing and spreads quickly, invading wet habitat at the expense of other, native flowers. Its explosive seed pods aid its spread by sending the seeds into the river, causing further dispersal downstream. By removing Himalayan Balsam from the riverbank, we are helping to encourage native plant species to grow.
The shallow root system means that Himalayan balsam is very easy to pull out of the soil by hand. Plants can be piled into a heap and will compost down, or for individual stems can be hooked over a branch.
It’s a task anyone can get involved in and it’s certainly a case of many hands make light work!