rivercare logo

Volunteers from the local community in Norwich are being encouraged to don their gardening gear and join in with the Marlpit Balsam Bash on Tuesday 1st July.

Community volunteers are being called upon to help remove Himalayan Balsam from the banks of the river at Marlpit, following an increase in the weed’s growth.

Andrew Walters, RiverCare Project Manager said: “Himalayan Balsam is a highly invasive plant which can alter the biodiversity of the river bank and negatively impact local wildlife and plant life.

“Thankfully, it can easily be pulled up by hand and in recent years regular ‘Balsam Bashes’ have helped us to reduce the impact of this invasive plant in the Marlpit area.

“But, following recent growth in the area more help is needed to prevent damage to the local environment.”

The event has been organised by the Norfolk Non Native Species Initiative in conjunction with Norfolk County Council and Keep Britain Tidy’s Rivercare project, which is funded by Anglian Water.

Andrew continued: “This is a great chance to make a real improvement to our local environment and spend some time along a beautiful part of the Wensum as it flows through Norwich.”

If you’d like to join the team on Tuesday 1st July, please meet at 10:30am outside the Marlpit Community Centre.

Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy footwear, long sleeves and trousers to protect against nettles and scratches.