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Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) is an invasive terrestrial plant species that was first introduced in 1839 as an ornamental garden plant. Since it was introduced, it has spread rapidly as it has adapted to our climate and has the ability to develop thousands of seeds.
It is a tall annual plant (completes its life cycle in one year) and due to its rapid growth, it shades out most of our native species, leaving banks bare in the winter time.
The species is particularly frequent in damp soil areas such as along the banks of watercourses, where it often forms continuous stands. It can also establish in damp woodland, flushes and mires.
Join us as we attemp to eradicate this plant from an area of our woodland.
This session is delivered by Durham Wildlife Trust.
Please come along dressed for the weather with sturdy footwear. Wellies would be beneficial as would a pair of gardening gloves if you have them.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Please meet at the end of Bradbury Close next to number 20 and near the woodland path.
Please do not book a space for this free event if you are unable to attend. If you find that you can no longer attend nearer the event please let us know so that we can allocate your space to someone else.
This is a free event which is part of a programme of community events that have been funded by Stanley AAP Small Grants Fund.
When & Where
Tanfield Lea Countryside Group (T.L.C)
Tanfield Lea Countryside Groups' aims are to maintain and regenerate the ancient woodland, to protect and enhance its wildlife, habitats and biodiversity and to encourage appropriate community participation, enjoyment and education. We aim to foster a better understanding and respect for the woodland through organised events.We meet at 6.30pm on the last Friday of every month (except December) at Tanfield Lea Club, DH9 9NA. All welcome!