Balsam Bash and Litter Pick

Date(s) - 29 July 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm



On Saturday 29th July from 10am to 12pm Pinewoods Conservation Group (PCG) will be holding a work morning to help maintain the Pinewoods. The event will encourage members and local residents to come along to balsam bash and litter pick. Those able to assist are asked to meet at the Council Nurseries on Nursery Lane, off Harlow Moor Road, Harrogate at 10am.


PCG Secretary Lucy Hind said: We have had a lot of support recently from a number of groups and the Pinewoods has seen a number of improvements. This session should help us to keep it looking in the best shape.


Himalayan Balsam is a none native plant introduced to Britain by the Victorians in the late 1800s. These plants allow no light onto the ground and as such most of our native wild flowers will cease to exist in these areas. Single plants if left can generate up to 800 new seedlings per year.

Removal of Himalayan Balsam will allow native plants to recolonise and the natural balance of the area will return which in turn will increase insects and wildlife in the area. The PCG in in its 3rd year of replacing balsam with native wild flowers purchased from Harrogate Council nurseries.


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