Himalalyan balsam: The effort continues

Estate employees have been rolling their sleeves up (or down in this case due to the nettles) to help tackle the spread of Himalayan balsam across the Estate

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Himalalyan balsam: The effort continues

Estate employees have been rolling their sleeves up (or down in this case due to the nettles) to help tackle the spread of Himalayan balsam across the Estate, most recently on the morning of 17th July in the blazing sunshine with two extra
work experience students along for the ride.

It took us a while to spot the plant, but once we got the knack there was no stopping us; hand-pulling plants ranging from just a few inches tall to over 5ft, climbing up the river banks and across natural obstacle courses of brambles,
nettles and fallen logs.

It was a hugely satisfying morning, particularly walking back to the vehicles seeing the gaps which had moments before been filled with pink flowers and red tinged leaves.

Eradicating this alien species has been a fantastic way of getting our office based teams out and about on the Estate, working together and learning about one of the many tasks facing local community groups, the Environment Agency and our
East Devon Pebblebed Heaths team.

We urge everyone to do their part in helping to control this plant which is out-competing native species and threatening native biodiversity.

If you would like to find out more about Himalayan balsam and the Estate’s policy on this species, please click here.

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Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

to set out against the Scots, the King’s enemies and rebels

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