Rotary Sidekicks organise event to tackle Himalayan Balsam in Littlemoor Park

Gemma Breese getting to grips with the invasive weed Himalayan Balsam

Gemma Breese getting to grips with the invasive weed Himalayan Balsam Buy this photo

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

VOLUNTEERS have descended on a Queensbury park to rid it of an invasive flower that may look pretty but has been described as “the devil in disguise.”

Himalayan Balsam has spread over a large part of Littlemoor Park in Queensbury over the past year, so a group of 16 people took part in a “balsam blitz” to pull up the plant .

The non-native plant has a purple flower, and is also referred to as Policeman’s Helmet and Gnome’s Hatstand. It has seed pods that “explode” seeds for several metres, and this means the plant can spread very quickly.

The blitz was organised by the Rotary Sidekicks group, with support from Bradford Council. Carolyn Bowe, from the group, said: “It has just come up this year. It is a beautiful flower, but it creates a two fold problem. It grows so quickly that it takes over some areas, and it also draws bees away from natural wildflower areas”.

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1:27pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Class_War says...

There is a huge problem with invasive plant species all over the country, and it needs dealing with. If the Government were serious about protecting the Environment they would create a job scheme whereby people are provided with much needed work, paid at a decent amount not work for your dole. They could create thousands of jobs for people doing this sort of thing instead of relying on volunteers or slaves.
There is a huge problem with invasive plant species all over the country, and it needs dealing with. If the Government were serious about protecting the Environment they would create a job scheme whereby people are provided with much needed work, paid at a decent amount not work for your dole. They could create thousands of jobs for people doing this sort of thing instead of relying on volunteers or slaves. Class_War
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2:56pm Mon 25 Aug 14

llos25 says...

They could but they will not as there is no money in it for them.
They could but they will not as there is no money in it for them. llos25
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