Bashing the Basalm
Knaresborough Rotarians have joined the Friends of Jacob Smith Park in Knaresborough to help ‘bash’ the invasive Himalayan Balsam.
Rotarians bash the
Knaresborough Rotarians have joined the Friends of Jacob Smith Park in
Knaresborough to help ‘bash’ the invasive Himalayan Balsam.
First introduced to the UK in 1839, Himalayan
Balsam is native to the Himalayas, specifically to the areas between Kashmir and Uttarakhand. The aggressive seed
dispersal, coupled with high nectar production which attracts pollinators,
often allows the Himalayan Balsam to outcompete native plants. Himalayan Balsam
also promotes river bank erosion due to the plant dying back over winter,
leaving the bank unprotected from flooding.
The 30 acres of Jacob Smith Park was generously donated to the people of
Knaresborough by Miss Winifred Jacob Smith MBE following her death in 2003. The
park is managed by Harrogate Borough Council but also needs volunteers to keep
it in good order. More information can be found at
Secretary of the Friends of Jacob Smith Park, Jo Smalley said, “It was so nice to have
the help and the company of the Rotarians that came to help with our balsam
bash on Friday evening”.
Photos show Knaresborough Rotarians John Dawson and Leslie Couldwell with Rotary Friend Chandy Koria bashing the Balsam at Jacob Smith Park.