Some trusts run highly successful community involvement events (Balsam Bashing), training volunteers how to identify plants and remove them. Left unchecked balsam will outcompete native riverbank plants, when it dies back it leaves barren banks that are more prone to erosion.
This species is listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act in England and Wales which makes it an offence to plant or allow the species to grow in the wild. Some species including Japanese knotweed and Giant hogweed are less easy to correctly remove and are classified as ‘controlled waste’ with strict protocols for disposal.
The Plant Tracker app, this aims is to map high priority invasive plant species. The app can help you identify INNS, is free and information is stored with the Biological Records Centre.
For additional INNS information visit these sites: