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Root Out Himalayan Balsam This Summer - IWA Calls for Public’s Help to Stop the Invader

Himalayan Balsam The Inland Waterways Association’s (IWA) annual summer Himalayan Balsam Campaign begins with an Awareness Week from 16-24 May, ahead of its main growing season, when the public will be asked for help to root out the invasive plant.

During Himalayan Balsam Awareness Week, IWA will spread the message about the damage this deceptively pretty but destructive plant can cause to river and canal banks, biodiversity and waterway habitats. Through social media and their website, IWA will share interesting facts, identification tips and information on how people can help by joining a Himalayan Balsam pull on their local waterway.

Education plays a key role in reducing the prevalence of Himalayan Balsam and IWA’s resources, which will be publicised throughout the week, are an interesting and helpful way for the public to learn more about the plant, how to report a sighting and how to get involved with removing it. IWA volunteers gave over 900 hours to the campaign last year and cleared over ten miles of waterway from the plant. IWA branches are already busy planning pulls so keep an eye on IWA’s website for more information about these events that will run mainly between late May and the end of July.

To learn more about the invasive plant make sure you follow IWA on Facebook (facebook.com/inlandwaterwaysassociation) and Twitter (@IWA_UK) and keep an eye out for the #rootout2015 hashtag during Himalayan Balsam Awareness Week.