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Canalside Activity Centre

End of Bonsall Street

Blackburn

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Balsam Bashing - Part of our 5 Ways to Wellbeing Events

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Himalayan Balsam is a huge conservation problem which we are 'bashing' into shape at Canalside.

What is Balsam Bashing?

The main method of non-chemical control of balsam, and usually the most appropriate, is pulling or cutting the plants before they flower and set seed. Conservation authorities regularly organise ‘balsam bashing’ work parties to clear the weed from marshland and riverbanks.

How do you Balsam Bash?

Balsam Bashing is easy, and surprisingly mindful. Once you have recognised a piece of Himalayan Balsam, grab the stem as low down as you can, and give it a gentle, but forceful tug. You will find it comes out of the ground really easily, and brings the full root up with it.

Volunteers are asked to dress according to the weather on the day and bring gloves to wear whilst pulling up the plants. We will tackle the main site in the hope of eradicating the plant over the coming years.

The event is free of charge but we appreciate donations to Canalside Activity Centre

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