PHOTO: Himalayan Balsam is coming to get you

You may have heard of a plant that is invading our grasslands – and is suffocating local species…  It’s the dreaded ‘Himalayan Balsam‘.
And Draycott in the Moors has not been able to resist its spread…

Himalyan Balsam

The dreaded weed

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This photo was taken just a few days ago on the footpath/track at the back of Blythe Park in Cresswell.   The railing that you can see in the photo is on the footbridge over the brook (which itself leads into the River Blithe).  You can see that the weed is clearly choking the brook – so much so that you can’t even see the stream!

It’s not the only place you’ll see HB locally.  It’s a water-loving plant, so you’ll see it on the banks of the River Blithe; and we saw it along long stretches of the track of the old railway line from Totmonslow to  Cresswell.

It’s getting to be such a pest that the local Churnet Valley Partnership organise community balsam-weedings!   They also ask that you report it to them if you see it.

…as if we didn’t have enough to worry about…

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2 responses to “PHOTO: Himalayan Balsam is coming to get you

  1. Also look out for Japanese Knotweed… so far I have seen it growing in hedge by Isaac Walton, at bottom of Cresswell Old Lane
    Fr David Hartley

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  2. Well this of no surprise really, as that stream has never been managed since Blythe Colours/Johnson Matthey sold out and the control of it was taken over by MR M J BARRETT, our very “friendly” neighbour!!! Can we expect anything from that particular entrepreneur?!!!
    The herons don’t fish there now presumably because their feet could get tangled in the network of weeds.
    Should we report it to the Environmental Agency and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust – if they are interested?
    Maureen Myers

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