Himalayan Balsam Bashing!

Volunteers wanted for Himalayan Balsam bashing!

FoRML (Friend of River Mole Leatherhead) want to continue the fantastic work we have been doing for the last few years clearing areas of Himalayan Balsam. It’s making a big difference, we are seeing lots of native plants getting a chance to grow in its place. The three places we are concentrating on are Blue Bird Island, the banks of the river at Leatherhead and Fetcham Splash.

Pulling up Himalayan Balsam is easy, they are shallow rooted plants despite being tall, it is very satisfying seeing the piles grow and it really works, each year we find less but it is also a like weeding the garden we have to keep vigilant!

Wednesday 26th June - Blue Bird Island

This is ALL day from 9.30am to about 4 pm. I would like definite volunteers as we need to know in advance how many boat trips we will need to make. Once on the island we are there all day, it is only suitable for fit agile volunteers who are happy to get on and off a small boat.

It is a rare treat to get onto a boat on the river Mole at Leatherhead and the views are wonderful, seeing Leatherhead from the river gives it a whole new perspective. Last year we had lunch on the Shell Bridge looking across to the ‘mainland’, I can thoroughly recommend the day!

Tuesday 9th July – Fetcham Splash.

All volunteers are very welcome, any fitness level.
Meet at 10am at the end of River Lane, Fetcham.

Tuesday 16th July - Common Meadow and Leatherhead river banks.

All volunteers are very welcome, any fitness level.
Meet at 10am at the Town Bridge by the duck feeding area for a briefing. If you plan to come later than 10am give me a ring on the day (07768 806201) so I can tell you roughly where we are, on 16th July we could be anywhere from Thorncroft bridge to the end of Common Meadow!


• Long trousers and long sleeves are essential whatever the weather as there can be stinging nettles, wear sturdy footwear and bring hats, garden gloves if you have them and sun cream.

• Bring refreshments for snacks and lunch. You do not have to stay all day (apart from Bluebird island) just come for as long as you like.

• Please email me if you think you might want to come along to the 9th and/or 16th July, you can just turn up but it helps our planning if we have an idea of numbers in advance.

We will bring tools, gloves, litter pickers, bags etc.

Caroline Cardew-Smith