Members of the Cam Upper reaches Action Team (Curat) are pictured here “Balsam Bashing” along the Slade, a tributary to the Cam on the Audley End Estate, Saffron Walden.
Himalayan Balsam is an invasive non-native plant that has taken over stretches of the Cam, crowding out other indigenous plant species. Balsam seeds drop into the river and populate areas downstream, sometimes traveling many miles. The ultimate objective is to eradicate Balsam from all the streams in north Uttlesford that feed into the Cam as well as clearing it from the main river.
Pictured above: Neil Paterson with an example of the offending plant.