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Tue, Jun 28


Forest of Flowers

Volunteer Session - Himalayan Balsam Removal

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Volunteer Session - Himalayan Balsam Removal
Volunteer Session - Himalayan Balsam Removal

Time & Location

Jun 28, 2022, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Forest of Flowers , Home Farm, Tollerton Road, York YO61 1JB, UK

About the event

We are hosting a volunteer morning for the removal of Himalayan balsam plants. This is an invasive non-native species which has spread rapidly across the banks of a stream on one of our meadows. It is the perfect time to remove them, as they have yet to go to seed. Their roots are shallow so each plant can be pulled out fairly easily. 

About Himalyan Balsam

The species spreads quickly and forms dense thickets, altering the ecological balance and character of wetland habitats. Many seeds drop into the water and contaminate land and riverbanks downstream, but the explosive nature of its seed release (seeds can be projected up to four meters away) means it can spread upstream too. It produces a lot of pollen over a prolonged season and is attractive to pollinating insects. There is concern that its presence may therefore result in decreased pollination for other native plants.

Balsam needs dealing with before it sets seed. If control is undertaken early enough to prevent flowering (and if this is achieved before seed has set) then eradication is possible in two or three years.

Volunteer Session 

We would be very grateful for anyone's support and just one morning with a group will make a huge difference. 

Please bring: 

  • Suitable footwear for uneven ground, e.g. walking boots
  • Long sleeved top to avoid scratches from any other growth
  • Work gloves (although we can provide gloves to anyone who needs them)
  • Snacks and refreshments as desired

We will provide refreshments at the end of the session. Please bring water or refreshments for working out in the field if desired. 

Please contact us with any questions via 

Booking is essential so we can monitor numbers and provide further instructions to anyone joining. 

We will begin at 9am, however you are welcome to arrive later - please let us know your expected arrival time so we can collect you from our parking area. 


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