Battle of the balsam
THE IWA HAS launched a new campaign to crack down on the spread of Himalayan balsam, even beyond the rivers and canals where it has usually been found.
In addition to a series of work parties organised by various IWA branches around the country, it is calling for more volunteers to join the campaign following evidence that the plant has become even more widespread this year. “Whether people are walking the dog or out with family and friends, everyone can help by pulling up a few plants if they see it before the seeds have started to develop,” says the IWA. PULL, SNAP, STOMP It has come up with a three-stage check list to remind people what to do:
PULL – Check IWA’s Himalayan Balsam identification guide to be certain that it is Himalayan balsam and then pull up individual balsam stems.
SNAP – break off the root below the lowest growing node,
STOMP – Pile it up in small heaps for it to rot down, away from the path. Bigger piles can be stamped on to assist the rotting process.