The Balsam Action Toolkit, officially launched during Invasive Species Week, has been designed to help volunteer-run community action groups (new, long-established and every stage in between) to negotiate the steps to getting organised and taking action to control Himalayan balsam. The Toolkit is available as a set of downloadable guidance and working documents – just click here to visit the Balsam Action Toolkit page!
There are many things you can do to help with the control effort:
It’s awful to think we personally might be contributing to the problem when we’re out enjoying the countryside, but there are ways to make sure that we don’t. The mantra we need to remember is Check, Clean, Dry:
Check your equipment, shoes and clothing for mud, aquatic animals or plant seeds and material. Remove anything you find and leave it at the site.
Clean everything thoroughly as soon as you can, paying attention to areas that are damp or hard to access. Use hot water if you can.
Dry everything for as long as you can before using elsewhere as some invasive plants and animals can survive for over two weeks in damp conditions.
For further guidance click the link here: Check, Clean, Dry