Sustainable Southmead Balsam Bashing in the Trym – July 19th 2020

Thirteen volunteers gathered in Southmead on a sunny Sunday afternoon to help regenerate one of Bristol’s most loved rivers – we removed litter and invasive Himalyan Balsam plants and enjoyed a socially distant and fun afternoon together.

We were supported by Sustainable Westbury on Trym (SuSWoT) who provided expertise, and Bristol City Council who turned up with their Big Tidy team the following morning to take away the rubbish and mow and trim the area.

‘Himalayan Balsam’ is an Invasive Non-Native Species, which means it swamps all our native plants and lets the riverbank wash away in winter.  The Wild Trout Trust survey said taking it out is the first stage to help the River Trym once again have lots of different insect and fish species, including wild trout.

We also need to plant trees along the river bank, as well as increase the Trym’s ability to deal with flood water. We love having this wildlife corridor in the heart of the estate and we really want to make this area of Southmead better for both humans and wildlife. We would love to hear ideas from other residents who use this green space too.

Sustainable Southmead are a new group taking action to help Southmead become more environmentally friendly and green– if you would like to get involved please contact Clarie on or find us on facebook: