Painswick Valley Himalayan Balsam
A project called the ‘River Frome Invasives Control Initiative’ aims to improve river habitats through a targeted control programme of removing invasive species, restoring fish habitats and improving eel passage over minor barriers throughout the catchment. The project runs each year between mid-May to early August.
The removal of stands of invasive Himalayan Balsam along the Painswick Stream will improve the diversity and connectivity of native marginal vegetation along this waterbody, therefore improving habitat for the benefit of our native plants and animals.
One of the most effective ways to control its spread is to pull young plants out by hand. With cooperation from willing landowners, suitable resources and dedicated people a significant effort can be made to help our rare and native plants and animals. Between May and August a dedicated team of volunteers meet weekly to work on farms and private land to help control the spread of Himalayan Balsam for the benefit of our native wildlife.
Outside of the balsam pulling season you can join our Cotswold Rivers group and support river management through installing fish habitat enhancement features, undertaking over shading bankside scrub/tree encroachment and using natural flood management (NFM) techniques at priority locations.
Please contact us if you would like to help improve river habitat for native wildlife.
Email our Volunteer Coordinator or call 01452 383333