Himalayan Balsam is an invasive non-native plant species that has taken over a lot of the river banks in the UK.
This year we have already hand pulled Himalayan Balsam across an area of over 50 hectares in the Calder Valley. Although hand pulling the plants is hard work, it is the most effective method of removing Himayan Balsam in order to restore the original biodiversity of these river banks.
In the future, we would like to combine this with wildflower planting on the most adversely affected sites to promote a quick healthy recovery of the original flora. We believe it’s important to use locally sourced wildflower seed, which we intend to collect with local volunteers, home ed groups and local schools.
Spending time outdoors in nature is proven to help people that suffer from health issues, anxiety, stress and depression, which is now more important than ever before, given the difficult circumstances we are all facing due to Covid-19.