Himalayan Balsam is an invasive, fast spreading weed that was first introduced to the UK in 1839. The weed thrives in moist and semi-shaded conditions predominantly on river banks, slow-moving watercourses and waste sites. It can tolerate low light conditions and also creates inhabitable conditions for competing vegetation leading them to perish.
The invasive weed grows 2-3m in height annually and between June and October purplish pink flowers bloom. The cause of its widespread distribution is due to its seed pods that open explosively when ripe, each plant can produce up to 800 seeds which can be shot up to 7m (22ft) in all directions.
Himalayan Balsam is an invasive and dominant weed, there is currently no statutory right to remove the weed, but legislation has been applied to Himalayan Balsam which makes it an offence to deliberately spread the invasive plant into the wild. (The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981)
PHS Greenleaf offer a comprehensive site survey, in which specific invasive weed species will be identified and assessed. Suggestions and recommendations on a practical solution to deal with the problem will be presented in a report.
How PHS Greenleaf can help
- Our trained technicians will assess the area and provide a bespoke report
- Trained and experienced staff are certified to handle the infestation non-chemically and chemically as required
- We will supply all Risk Assessments and Safe Systems of work for these operations
Our service options
- Himalayan Balsam digging or pulling up and left on site
- Application of chemicals including a waste transfer note