On a rather wet Sunday 22nd May, BEACON, Friends of the Carrs and the Bollin Valley Partnership held the first balsam bash of the season, with five volunteers raring to get stuck in! The Himalayan Balsam on the Carrs has been controlled in an ongoing programme of works for over five years, and this is definitely having a positive effect on the area.
We all met on the Carrs at 2pm, just as the heavens opened! Not to be detered we headed along the banks of the River Bollin to an area just past the first footbridge where we knew there was a lot of balsam in need of bashing. There were comments from the volunteers and organisers that it had been difficult to find much balsam to bash this year and so it must be working!
We found lots of untouched balsam which was also unfortunately mingled in with some young Japanese Knotweed shoots that have been treated in previous years but obviously need treating again.
The four sisters that volunteered really enjoyed pulling up the plants and stomping on them to make sure they were definitely dead! Dad seemed to enjoy getting stuck in too although we all ended up a bit soggy! This one might be a contender for the wettest balsam bash at the Volunteer Thank You awards next year.
For more information on upcoming balsam bashes please visit our events page here.