Even more Hate Hogweed

Today (Saturday 14th May 2016) an even bigger team went out to tackle the Giant Hogweed upstream and downstream from the Halfpenny Bridge.  The larger team went downstream and found many specimens but not as many as previous years.  We are winning!  The smaller team went upstream, intending to deal with the nasty baddies up to the Dolerw footbridge and into Dolerw Park.  They didn’t achieve that encountering a major forest around the Longbridge.  Another team will meet at 2 pm on Tuesday 17th May to try to complete this exercise.

The team ready to start

The team ready to start

Himalayan Balsam

Today we cleared a few paths through the Himalayan Balsam to provide easier access to the beach between the Halfpenny Bridge and Long Bridge. This area is well used by fishermen and families and the amount of Balsam removed was negligible. While dealing with these plants we saw that the seeds are ripe and ready for eating. Please do your bit to control this invasive by collecting and eating these delicious seeds. There’ll still be plenty of flowers for the bees!