Balsam Bashing
27/06/2019

Balsam Bashing

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The sun doesn’t shine that often in Harrogate, and when it does, you’d rarely find yourself spending the day out of the office in a beautiful garden. Yet, that’s what I was lucky enough to be doing today on my first week with PlatinumHPL!

As part of Stray FM’s community day, we went along to lend a hand at Ripon’s Walled Garden – a Community Link Project providing innovative support for people with learning difficulties – and clear away some pesky Himalayan balsam weed to make space for additional parking. We were really
eager to get on board with this venture and support such a worthy cause, and if I may say so, achieve a great result (see the before and after shots if you don’t take my word for it!).


Being a charity-run organisation with a recent re-vamp, local support is always welcomed and has been flooding in for the Garden. If you are yet to pay them a visit, I couldn’t think of a nicer setting for a sunny afternoon woodland walk and a slab of homemade cake. 

It was quite a daunting task at first, with a fairly large area of woodland to clear, but everyone soon got stuck in; with balsam flying every which way, progress was seriously swift! We even managed to become acquainted with some of the local wildlife along the way. With a seemingly endless supply of tea and biscuits being provided for us, what could there possible be to complain about?! Okay, it is fair to say that some of us have taken home the unwanted souvenir of one or two nettle stings more than we bargained for, but it’s all in a day's work.

A big shout-out goes to the team from Stray FM for devising this highly rewarding scheme and making this all possible – as well as bashing that balsam brilliantly!

For more pictures from the day, click here.