Thank you to Neil Green, from Avon Invasion Species, for giving up his Wednesday evening and sharing his vast knowledge on the invasive species Himalayan Balsam [Impatiens Glandulifera]. Even those of us who thought we knew about the subject learnt lots of new and interesting facts.
If you have ever been in doubt as to whether to pull it up, or leave it to flower for the Bees, then Neil paints a very clear picture on the negative impact the Balsam can have on our native species, woodland areas and riverbeds.
Everyone present agreed that Balsam needs to be managed, and removed as much as possible, as the negative impacts far out way the only positive for the bees. The Friends of Brislington Brook will continue to arrange Himalayan Balsam pulling events in both Nightingale Valley and St Annes Woods, so if you would like to give us a hand please get in touch to find out when our next session is.
If you couldn’t attend our discussion with Neil, please check out the following links for more information: