All welcome to join Friends of The Tame Valley Balsam Bashing event

FRIENDS of the Tame Valley community group is inviting all to join them for a Balsam Bashing event on Saturday, July 31 at 10.30am at the River Tame in Jet Amber Fields.  

The group, of which Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne is secretary, is running the event to tackle the invasive species which is causing damage to the Tame Valley.

Himalayan Balsam can prevent native plant species from growing, it can grow up to 2.5 metres and a single plant can produce between 800 to 2,500 seeds.

It can, however, be easily removed, and the Balsam Bashing Event is safe and fun for all the family to take part in.

The event was organised by committee members Rob Hardman and Chris Clarke. Full training will be provided on the day, and the event is open to everyone.

Those who wish to attend should enter the site from the Broomstair Road entrance in Audenshaw in order to find the other Balsam Bashers.

Committee Member Rob Hardman said: “My daughter Amelia and I have been out a few times to try to get rid of some of the invasive Balsam but the sheer amount we found throughout the valley necessitates a group effort.

‘Balsam can take over and prevent native species from flourishing. By taking action we can protect the biodiversity of the valley so visitors as well as plants and animals can enjoy it”

Andrew Gwynne added: “This is a fantastic idea, and I’m really grateful to Rob and Chris for organising it. I’d encourage anyone who is interested to get involved.

“Balsam can really damage the valley, so it’s important that we act to protect our local environment.

“Balsam Bashing can be done by all the family, so if you’re free this Saturday morning, come and give us a helping hand!”

Find out more about the Friends of The Tame Valley on their website: https://fotv.org.uk

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