VOLUNTEERS have been uprooting Himalayan Balsam plants from Yeading Brook and the River Pinn, working with Hillingdon Council’s green spaces team.

Himalayan Balsam is a non-native plant that is classed as a weed because it grows quickly and smothers other flowers and grasses. It also blocks the flow of rivers in the summer and leaves the ground exposed to erosion in the winter when it dies.

The best way to remove it is to pull it out by hand, which is why the borough works alongside a range of voluntary groups.

Young people from Green Corridor, a charity that offers horticulture training to those aged 16 to 23 in West London, agreed to help out at Yeading Brook last week.

Corporate volunteers from electronics company Canon, best known for making cameras, also helped to clear the Balsam from the Pinn on Wednesday. Its European offices are in Uxbridge.

To take part in Himalayan Balsam removal and other volunteering events in the borough’s parks and green spaces, visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/parkevents