Volunteering: Himalayan balsam pull at Longlands Lake

24th July 2021

We need your help at Longlands Lake!

Come along on Saturday morning to help us get rid of one of the most invasive non-native plants in England, Himalayan Balsam. You’ll learn how to pull balsam, and it’s a chance to find out more about everything going on at Longlands.

Himalayan Balsam causes real problems by dominating green spaces, preventing our native plants from growing. In winter the plants die back leaving riverbanks exposed and at risk of bank erosion. We need your help to pull it out before it starts spreading seeds.

No experience necessary, just a desire to look after your green space and help local wildlife. There will be lots of bending, pulling and crunching so make sure you’re ready for action!

No booking necessary - just arrive at 10.30am and stay for as long as you like. Everyone is welcome, and under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Start your weekend the right way by joining us for fresh air, exercise, conversation and conservation! All information and instructions will be given on site.

What to bring

Lots of enthusiasm! Wellies or sturdy boots, gardening gloves, long sleeves and trousers would be ideal because there are lots of brambles and nettles. Clothing must be suitable for the weather, sunscreen/hat if necessary and insect repellent – there are wee biters out there! Don’t forget a drink, particularly if it’s hot and sunny, and something to nibble if you get hungry!