Himalayan balsam

This  information has been received from the South Cumbria Rivers Trust (SCRT) .   If you are able to help in any way, they will be pleased to know.

 Ken Taylor's details are Tel: 01539 741943, email askentaylor@gmail.com
or just turn up on the day.

I am sure you are acutely aware of the major infestation of Himalayan balsam along the north side of Rydal Water.  This has become much more extensive over recent years following the cessation of control activities around 7 or 8 years ago. This year, we are hoping to start another concerted effort and this time to eradicate it.  

Volunteers working under the auspices of South Cumbria Rivers Trust (SCRT) are in discussions with the major landowners affected, Friends of the Lake District and other groups, as well as individual volunteers. All of us are keen to tackle it in earnest. The plan includes a “Fight the Aliens” day, currently proposed for Saturday 20th July 2019. On this day, we will focus resources from all those involved to remove (hopefully) every single Himalayan balsam plant to prevent any seeding this year. This is an ambitious objective but will not be a ‘one-off’ – we hope to have follow-up days later in the growing season this year, and repeat the exercise next year.

It would be good to have your support, in whatever form possible, for this initiative. Possibilities include:

· Allowing us onto your land/property to pull any balsam we see growing there and giving some moral support to us when we are there;

· Using your own resources to attack the balsam yourself (we’d be happy to advise on the most effective methods to use);

· Doing some ‘pulling’ yourself, especially late in the season – September/October - when volunteers are getting weary;

· A financial contribution (a cheque made payable to South Cumbria Rivers Trust and sent to the address above or a transfer into the account number 31620932, sort code 40-27-02, with a reference of ‘Balsam’ added).

We shall be doing some preparatory work in advance of the big day and may see you then or on the Fight the Aliens day itself.

Yours faithfully    Ken Taylor - Volunteer for SCRT

£1000 for the Sepsis Trust!

The honesty box at the foot of the Nab Scar Footpath collecting donations in return for flapjacks has now raised £1000 since Christmas for the Sepsis Trust.

Many thanks to the generosity of the many walkers who have given so freely.

The Rydal Heritage Board

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has been placed in the centre of the Village to mark the national parks bid for World Heritage Status. 

This also features on this site with a section of pages providing much detailed information on the heritage of the village.

Follow the link in the Menu bar on the right for the Heritage pages section.

Thanks go to the Ambleside Parish Council for funding the board, and to Pandora Signs of Hawkshead for a superb job of printing and installing the Board.

Theft from Honesty Box
An honesty box at the foot of the Nab Scar Footpath, collecting donations for the Sepsis Trust in return for flapjacks for walkers was robbed on the 18th April 2017, leaving only a very small return by the end of the day. One of the only occasions when the box was not overlooked for most of the day. This mean spirited act is in sharp contrast with the generosity of the many walkers who have given so freely since before Christmas, when it started off with mince pies.

If anyone knows anything about this, please email (in confidence) through this website.



There have been a number of instances of dogs worrying sheep.

Please keep dogs under control at all times, sheep are easily startled, and this can be an irresistable temptation to any dog, with potentially tragic consequences.


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