There follows a message from Julian, Transition New Mills’ much-feared (by the Balsam) Head of Bashing…
Last dates for August: the balsam is now flowering which although it makes it easy to spot, means time is now running out to bash it before it sets seed, when we’d risk spreading the plant instead.
Below is the last set of balsam bashing dates; please come along, we’d love to see you at one.
Remember, all bashers will be entered into a FREE PRIZE DRAW, to win prizes including:
  • 2x 2 vouchers for free entry to Spring Bank Arts Centre Film Club, kindly provided by Spring Bank Arts
  • Family ticket to see Manchester Giants basketball team
  • Coffee and Cake for 4 at a local cafe
  • Saturday 1st August, 11-1, meet at old Pineapple Pub, Salem Bridge
  • Sunday 9th August, 11-1, meet at old Pineapple Pub, Salem Bridge
  • Saturday 15th August, 11-1, meet at t DCC Rangers Hut, Mousley Bottom
  • Sunday 16th August, 11-1, meet at old Pineapple Pub, Salem Bridge
  • Saturday 22nd August, 11-1, at old Pineapple Pub, Salem Bridge
  • Sunday 30th August, 11-1, meet at t DCC Rangers Hut, Mousley Bottom
DCC Rangers hut can be found by turning left down the track before the red brick house in Mousley Bottom. The hut is jon the right just beyond the entrance to the grassed area.
When pulling balsam, please remember the following simple rules:
DO
  • Concentrate on new small patches, or on the edges of existing clumps, to limit the spread
  • Crush the stems, or else it might regrow
  • Leave in a pile out of the way of paths and walkers
  • Protect yourself; wear gloves, stout footwear and long sleeves
  • Let us know where you’ve pulled it
  • Tell your friends about it
DON’T
  • Pull it when it is setting seed; this will spread the plant further
  • Pull from dense clumps of undergrowth; this may disturb nesting birds
  • Pull if you’re not sure what it is
  • Leave in the middle of paths; this can be a slip hazard
  • Put yourself at risk, especially on riverbanks
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