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  • Himalayan Balsam
    an extremely invasive plant which causes many problems to wildlife habitat in the UK. 
    More info here
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  • Thank you I saw it along the River Wey au Guildford, Surrey. 
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 35,832
    Hello Beany. Dove has identified the plant correctly and I THINK I also see a stem of bindweed twining up the Balsam - another pernicious weed that can become invasive if not checked
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Thanks #Ladybird4 much appreciated 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,346
    edited September 2019
    Unfortunately, waterways are just the kind of place they like to colonise @Beany1971, and they can cause major problems. 
    The bindweed can look very pretty, especially in flower,  but it's a menace too!
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 35,832
    You are most welcome @Beany1971
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
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