enims were pleased to support Kier and The Conservation Volunteers in removing invasive Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) from the banks of Monk's Brook, which flows through Fleming Park. The 12-strong team, including members of Senior Management, spent several hours pulling up and removing the plants to ensure they do not continue to spread and affect the native ecology of the area.
Himalayan Balsam was introduced into the UK in 1839. The plant can grow up to three metres in height, and produce up to 800 seeds each year. When ripe, these seeds can be 'shot' up to seven metres away, meaning they can spread incredibly quickly and soon smother other vegetation as is goes. For information on the plant and how it can be controlled, see more information from the Royal Horticultural Society here.
Over 25 bags were filled and returned to Eastleigh Borough Council. The plant matter collected will be treated (to ensure it cannot regrow) and used as compost to benefit other areas.