On Thursday 30th June we were joined by employees of Jaguar Land-Rover for a morning’s Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR as it’s better known. As the Himalayan Balsam was in full growth we decided to tackle some of that.
Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) is a relative of the busy Lizzie, but reaches well over head height, and is a major weed problem, especially on riverbanks and waste land, but can also invade gardens. It grows rapidly and spreads quickly, smothering other vegetation as it goes. Each plant can produce up to 800 seeds. These are dispersed widely as the ripe seedpods shoot their seeds up to 7m (22ft) away.
The plant is spread by two principal means;
- The most widespread distribution tends to be by human means where individuals pass on seed to friends.
- Once established in the catchment of a river the seeds, which can remain viable for two years, are transported further afield by water.
The group spent a couple of hours removing the balsam from around the footbridge over the Moat Brook and made a huge impact. We did really well and picked over 3000 strands. We finished off the morning with a lovely picnic on the Twentman playing field. Thank you JLR, we hope to see you again next year.