Himalyan BalsamMay 30th, 2014
Himalayan Balsam is one of the invasive plants being managed with help from Natural England who pay for labour (not 2015) to pull or slash the plant. Initially slashing was the only option in the far fields (Riverland) as the growth was so thick in many places it covered the land or was so integrated into ferns etc, that pulling would have been too arduous.
A small amount in the willow carr, in the southern reed bed, is hand pulled.
For a number of years records have been kept of the work which has been divided into three main areas, each area then divided into manageable lots. The following links show the history of the areas managed.
The plan is to stop himalayan balsam spreading by working from the outer edges of it's domain, largely along the riparian boundary, which is divided in to 3 areas; hopefully limiting it's growth to the very edges of the boundaries as seeds will inevitably be carried over from other places for the foreseeable future.
From July 26th 2013, given the ongoing success, new boundaries and labels are applied to the areas as follows:
- Area 1(page 2) is the land starting at the far north (Riverland) and working from inland to the river and then south.
Area 1X This is a new location (July 2014), comprising the area immediately to the south and east of the place where the red and blue patches meet and in general the whole field to the south east of Area 1
- Area 2(page 4) formerly Sites 3 and 6, is the land from the boat northwards towards Area 1.
- Area 3(page 6) formerly Sites 4 and 5 is the land from the boat westward and includes the main SSSI reed bed, The Southern Marsh.