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Pull Together To Protect Dorset's Rivers

Himalayan balsam © Ali Quinney

8:35am 23rd July 2014

Dorset Wildlife Trust is urging us to help stop the spread of invasive Himalayan balsam, which smothers and destroys native plants.

It's renowned for its pink trumpet shaped flowers and hollow green stems, and can be found along river banks and other wetland areas.

The Trust want us to pull out and uproot them to conserve  our river beds and native plants for future generations.

DWT trainee conservation officer Ali Quinney told Wessex FM:

“Himalayan balsam is causing havoc along many Dorset rivers and is a contributing factor to the erosion of our river banks, as well as destroying habitats such as the water vole. When it flowers, its seeds literally explode, making stopping its spread a very challenging task. It has very shallow roots which make it  extremely easy to remove: just hold it firmly at the base and gently pull, making sure all the roots are out of the ground, and then dispose by burning or composting them.”

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