Parke's already benefitting from the introduction of car park charges

Himalayan Balsam growing at Parke, Devon

Some of the income from the car park charges is being used for nature conservation work at Parke.

This year, we've removed Himalayan Balsam from rivers and streams, to help stop it spreading.

Himalayan Balsam was introduced as a garden plant in the early 19th century and is now classed as an invasive species.  It is tall, with attractive pink, scented flowers, which form seed heads that fire seeds up to 20ft. If it was allowed to spread unchecked, it would shade out native wild flowers and increase riverbank erosion.

There were three or four Himalayan Balsam pulling days earlier in the year, when volunteers helped in the battle against its spread along the riverbanks.