Balsam Action Toolkit

This Toolkit is a resource for volunteer-led community action groups (new, long-established and every stage in between) to help reduce the paperwork and free up more of your time to actively stop the spread of Himalayan balsam in your locality. The Toolkit consists of downloadable guidance and working documents that will help you to identify balsam at various growing stages, inform others about this problem plant, help you set up a group and rally support, and plan and run successful and safe outdoor community events. 

Given the spread of Himalayan balsam now we hope this Toolkit will be used by volunteer groups far and wide, not solely within the Wye Valley AONB, and we anticipate it will evolve as we receive feedback. So please do send us your comments to help us to make this resource as useable and useful as possible. 

If you need the Toolkit printed or in a different language, or support with printing or laminating any of the single documents do get in touch with us at 


The 4 sections of the Toolkit are:

  1. Introducing the Toolkit and getting to know Himalayan balsam
  2. Getting set up and running
  3. Planning your events
  4. …And Action!

Section 1. Introducing the Toolkit and Getting to know Himalayan Balsam

Useful identification guides to help familiarise ourselves with this plant and some common questions answered. Useful resources to share. 

Section 2. Getting set up and running 

Practical guides, form and poster to help you get set up as a group, rally support and start to plan what you want to do.

Section 3. Planning your Events

You’re planning a balsam event locally and here are some resources help you promote your event and get your kit, consents and assessments sorted.

Section 4. …And Action!

It’s the day of your event (whether mapping or pulling balsam, or both!) and here are some tools to use on the day. 

We’d love your constructive feedback on the resources within this Toolkit. Please do get in touch via