World Environment Day: Balsam Blitz, Calder Abbey

5th June 2017

As part of our Nugen funded Adopt a Beck project, we are calling for volunteers to join us on a Blasam Blitz at Calder Abbey on Monday 5th June from 11am – 2pm



We are holding a balsam blitz at this spectacular and historic location in Calderbridge, so if you have a couple of hours free on Monday 5th June then please join us! Parking is very limited so please lift share or take public transport if at all possible. Parking will be at the Calderbridge Village Hall in the centre of village (close to the church, GR: NY 04177 06072). It is about a 10-15 minute beautiful walk along the riverside path up to Calder Abbey (follow the path from Calderbridge Church in an upstream direction).


What? Balsam Blitz! Removing invasive non-native Himalayan balsam – no experience necessary, just lots of enthusiasm!

When? 11am – 2:30pm on Monday June 5th - World Environment Day

Where? The beautiful grounds of Calder Abbey, Calder Bridge, Seascale, GR: NY 05112 06368

What to bring? Sturdy footwear, gloves, long sleeves & trousers (beware nettles & brambles!), insect repellent and prepare for all weathers! Bring waterproofs, sun hats, sun cream etc. Also bring a snack and drink and lots of energy – it’s only for a couple of hours so let’s make it worth it!


Information about World Environment Day (WED)

World Environment Day (WED) began in 1974 and aims to raise awareness of the global threats to our environment, whilst encouraging people to take action locally to do something to help their local area. Each year WED is organised around a theme that focuses on a particular concern, this year the theme is connecting people to nature. This is why we are inviting you to join us at Calder Abbey to find out more about invasive non-native species and more particularly to help us blitz the balsam!


Information on Himalayan Balsam

Himalayan balsam (HB) is an invasive non-native plant originally from the western Himalayas. It was brought to the UK by Victorians and has since “escaped” from gardens and is now widespread throughout the countryside.

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Why is it a problem?

To find out more, contact: Karin Crofts at West Cumbria Rivers Trust, T: 07528724077 E: (there is an out of office message on my email but I will be checking it over the weekend so please get in touch if you have any queries!).