Bushcraft for Beating Balsam

This week, with the help of Eden’s Forest, two groups of local children and their parents met near the River Holme to learn about bushcraft skills. Jerome and Adam from Eden’s Forest led the sessions at which 14 children from 6 years upwards and their parents made balsam bashers from hazel wood. The sessions were held on Monday next to Dean Brook in Armitage Bridge and on Tuesday at Thongsbridge recreation ground.

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The children were shown how to safely use knives and bark peelers to make their own bashers. When they were ready, they cleared a stretch of the river and brookside of the invasive Himalayan Balsam and learnt about why its spread needs to be controlled.

Thanks to Jerome and Adam for looking after, inspiring and informing us all … and thanks to Rachel Hogley and Jerome Barton for the photos and to Stephen Hogley (8yrs old) for passing on the message!

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