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Himalayan balsam removed from Wanstead stretch of River Roding

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Volunteers joined Vision RCL’s nature conservation rangers last month to remove Himalayan balsam growing along the Wanstead stretch of the River Roding.

“Our volunteers weren’t afraid to get stuck in and wade in the river, setting up a great production line. The stems pulled out of the water were eventually placed along the side of the footpath to allow wildlife to crawl out and find cover,” said Tajinder Lachhar.

Introduced to the British Isles in 1839, the invasive weed prevents native species from growing.