Attack of the six-foot plant! Appeal to rid Bury of ‘unwelcome’ Himalayan Balsam weed

By Carrie Smith

Brave-hearted volunteers are urgently needed to rid the Bury countryside of an unwelcome invader… of the plant variety.

Himalayan Balsam – deemed ‘unwelcome’ by Bury council – is now starting to flower and this is the time of year when it takes over the woods by shading out other plants.

The plant, which can reach heights of up to 6.5ft, attracts insects to its nectar-rich flowers, meaning that native flowers aren’t visited by insects as often. 

You can help to control this invader when you are out walking by pulling up the Himalayan Balsam, roots and all, and crushing the stems by stamping on them in the area where you pulled them up. 

The Chesham Fold Green Gym will be tackling this invader, and anyone who wants to help is invited to come along on Sunday July 1 at 1.30pm to the Lido Car Park at Clarence Park, Bury. Children are welcome to join in if accompanied by a responsible adult.

A second session will take place on Sunday July 15. 
For more information contact Jacqui Goggs at [email protected] or call 0161 253 7764.

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