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debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,223

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  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,223
    Growing in woods nearby
  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,223
    Can any of you clever people ID this beautiful plant? Growing in woods near Birmingham 
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 1,515
    Himalayan balsam. A lovely looking plant but very invasive.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,482
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/07/himalayan-balsam-uk-volunteers-urged-to-help-to-battle-invasive-weed

    A neighbour planted a couple in his garden … within a few years it had invaded most of the gardens in the street. 
    😡 


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  • ErgatesErgates Devon, east of ExeterPosts: 1,506
    Big problem down here in Devon. Spreads along waterways. Every year there are campaigns for volunteers to remove swathes of the stuff growing beside our local streams. Yes, it is very beautiful to look at though.
  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,223
    Thanks, my son spotted it on a woodland walk with my granddaughter I assume it’s not native to the UK? 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,482
    The clue is in the name …..
    it’s from the area around the Himalayas 😉 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • BigladBiglad East LancashirePosts: 2,499
    We have a local group that go out on a weekly basis specifically to remove this.
  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,223
    goodness Gracious I hadn’t realised. Thanks for all the information. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,482
    It might be a good idea to notify your local Wildlife Trust or someone in case it’s a recent occurrence they don’t know about … then they can organise its clearance. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







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