Balsam Bashing at Babbs Mill

DHL Corporate Group recently joined Su, our Community and Volunteers officer, at Babbs Mill to take part in some Balsam Bashing.

The team did a great job at removing the invasive Himalayan balsam from along the river Cole.

Himalayan balsam is an invasive plant that can wreak havoc on our ecosystems. It takes over the growth of native plants, contributes to the destabilisation and erosion of river banks, and destroys habitats.

When the plant flowers it disperses its seeds by an explosive mechanism, so they travel very widely and make further control more difficult. This means it’s important to control the balsam by pulling the plants up before they flower.

You can read more about Himalayan balsam on The Wildlife Trusts’ website.

Thanks to the group at DHL for their fantastic work!

This work is part of our Love Your River Cole project, funded by the Environment Agency and ERDF through Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s Small Habitats Grant. Read more about the project here.

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