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One event on June 22, 2019 at 10:00am
Organised by the Chilterns Chalk Stream Project, join us in Little Missenden for a morning of Balsam Bashing!
Himalayan Balsam was introduced to Britain in 1839, but escaped from gardens into the wild. It develops into dense stands that kill off native plants and other flora. When these annual plants die back in autumn, it leaves riverbanks bare and prone to erosion. A single plant can produce 2,500 seeds and the explosive seed pods can throw the seeds over 6 metres away from the plant. Seeds are transported by rivers to establish new colonies downstream.
The River Misbourne is one of eight major chalk streams that flow through the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Recently an infestation of Himalayan balsam has become established along the river at Little Missenden and has begun to spread downstream towards Shardeloes Lake. Currently, the infestation is small enough for it to be eradicated but if nothing is done the infestation will rapidly spread downstream and become impossible to control, damaging this rare and fragile chalk stream. We need your help to ensure that this does not happen!
The easiest way to control Himalayan balsam is by pulling up the plants before they set seed. The plants can then be burnt or composted. The Chilterns Chalk Streams Project is working with the Chiltern Society and the Chiltern Rangers to set up a series of ‘Balsam Bash’ days to get on top of this problem. We hope you’ll join us!
Please email Ceri Groves or call her on 01844 355502 to confirm your attendance.