Balsam Bash - Thursday 14th June 6pm until 8pm
Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) is an invasive terrestrial plant species that was first introduced in 1839 as an ornamental garden plant. Since it was introduced, it has spread rapidly as it has adapted to our climate and has the ability to develop thousands of seeds.
We will be meeting at 6pm at the Harperley Hotel, Harperley Lane, Stanley, DH9 9TY. Parking is available at the hotel and we will have people manning the car park on the evening as it is a bit of a tight squeeze.
It is a tall annual plant (completes its life cycle in one year) and due to its rapid growth, it shades out most of our native species, leaving banks bare in the winter time.
The species is particularly frequent in damp soil areas such as along the banks of watercourses, where it often forms continuous stands. It can also establish in damp woodland, flushes and mires.
Join Tanfield Lea Countryside Group as we attempt to eradicate this plant from an area of Harperley Woods.
This session is delivered by Durham Wildlife Trust.
We will finish at 8pm.
Please come along dressed for the weather with sturdy footwear and a drink for yourself. Wellies would be beneficial as would a pair of gardening gloves if you have them. Long trousers to cover your legs would be good as there are many nettles too!
All children must be accompanied by an adult.