What’s happening?

On Wednesday 21st August, we'll attempt a second round of fighting of Himalayan Balsam around Rydal, to get any stragglers! We aim to clear Rydal area, reduce regrowth and prevent its spread to other areas of the Lakes.

The work involves pulling balsam by hand and breaking the stem at the root. Anyone who’s physically mobile can do it. Skilled and qualified brush-cutters will also be on site to do the jobs that would be too time-consuming for hands. It’s a very satisfying task!

When is it?

Wednesday 21st August – from 9.30am - 1.30pm approx

We’ll supply the gloves, cake and refreshments!

Sign up to help Fight the Aliens below. We’ll send you all the info you need for a safe, fun and satisfying day.

Why are we doing it?

Himalayan Balsam is an invasive, non-native plant that reproduces rapidly and spreads quickly, smothering our indigenous plants, particularly along riverbanks, lakeshores and the edges of streams. Introduced to the UK in 1839 it quickly escaped into the wild. Our native species simply can’t compete.

It’s a huge problem and there’s no easy way to tackle it. Elbow grease and the energy and enthusiasm of willing volunteers are the most effective tools in fighting this alien invader.

If you enjoy the event so much you find yourself saying “When can I do it again?” we’d welcome your help again next year. Himalayan Balsam is a pesky little blighter and will stage a come-back so we’ll need to continue the fight to see it off completely.

Fight the Aliens – Big Balsam Bash is a partnership campaign between Friends of the Lake District and South Cumbria Rivers Trust with the support of the following:


Rydal Estate and C & S Hodgson (Rydal Hall Farm)

Personal information you give us will be passed to walk leaders on the day.

*Please note: full details of where to be, what to wear, what to bring etc will be emailed to you a week before the event.

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