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hi all ,
"Volunteers did some backbreaking work to rid a Norfolk beauty spot of an invasive plant - in return for a refreshing pint at the local pub."
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/volunteers_tackle_invasive_plant_at_norfolk_broad_for_pint_reward_1_2238091




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Excellent Job! been fighting it on my border stream for seven years and just about getting on top. When the seed pods are ripe they go like a coiled spring and throw the seed 15 or 20 ft. What is really bad is that they can germinate in water and float to another location. I unfortunately have a person upstream who's land is no longer managed due to ill health and age so we down stream suffer. BUT the old goat will not accept help, so what do you do.

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The Himalayan Balsam is rife on many waterways. The Thames around Richmond has the banks lined with it, it is prevalent upstream, and on the River Lea it has become commonplace along with the Indian Balsam which is less invasive.

It would take more than a few free pints to eradicate this plant that can be distributed in the feathers of larger birds. ( Oh no, not the ones that you see in the orange toppers from Stalham Smile   )

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Only by continual efforts can any semblance of control be achieved. All power to the volunteers' elbows. I do believe that the Broads Authority take this issue very seriously. A couple of years ago, I saw some of these plants in flower next to the wooden walkway under Hoveton Viaduct. I rang Broads Control and there was a team there the following day, ripping them out. Successfully, it seems, as I haven't seen any there since.

Interesting that the seeds can be carried on the feathers of birds, though. That would explain why I've just found a single specimen in my garden today. It's only just got big enough for me to recognise the foliage. It's in the compost bin now!

But if anyone wants some for their garden, the hedgerow along Knowles' Lane, Smallburgh, is infested with them. I wonder if anyone from NNDC visits this forum  tounge-in-cheek

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I seem to recollect that there are many Himalayan Balsam plants in a private riverside garden on the left hand side going upstream approaching Wroxham, somewhere near the minature railway. What can be done on private land? the seeds can still be exploded into adjacent water and infest the banks elsware.

Is it illegal to grow this plant?

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Since 2010 it has been illegal to plant it, or allow it to grow, in the wild. You can have as much of it as you like in your private garden.

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But that is exactly the problem. It was planted in Victorian times in the gardens of Oxford University. But the very nature of the plant fireing its seeds for yards make it spread. You will NEVER NEVER contain it in a normal garden.

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Never say never, CaptBryan. This week, for the first time, I found ONE seeding of Himalayan Balsam in my garden. I pulled it out by the roots, of course, and will be vigilant for any others. There is an old gardening saying (or did I just make it up) One year seeded, seven years weeded. Obviously, if the seed bank is continually replenished from neighbouring land, that could well be a rolling seven years  tounge-in-cheek

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Possibly the seeds can also be spread on muddy boots. This is also possible with Japanese Knotweed where the rootlets close to the surface can be transferred many miles by this method.

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