Lower Burgh Meadow Conservation Group Members have been into the clearing in Plock Wood and Pulled the dead Fronds from the Ferns, so we can get at the Himalayan Balsam.
The Bramble cleared early last Year, has started to grow back well and the group will endeavour to pull any Balsam Stragglers out this year.
Several work days this coming year have been allocated to Pulling Balsam, The group has a day Called "our Public Balsam Bash Day " and this year it is on Sunday June 5th, you are all invited.
To see the native flora return and the amount of other native wildlife that brings back to an area is just wonderful.
The group recently made some Live hedges on the Meadow, using the bowland Ecology Management plan, along with talks with Neil Southworth last year, as to how to deal with the meadow in this area.
Click this link for details http://www.lowerburghmeadowconservation ... uary-2015/
My next update will be around early May, or why don't you put the date in your diary now for the Balsam Bash Day Sunday 5th June.
Have a good year.
Best wishes Eddie
Lower Burgh Meadow Conservation Groups annual Balsam Bash day is again this year in Plock Wood, an area of balsam 50 yards square, with smaller patches and singletons have been identified for this years Balsam Bash, with no brambles involved.
Should you wish to come along and help out, we are meeting at the Kissing Gate/Five barred gate near to the recycling centre at 10 am on Sunday 5th June, if you do wish to help please contact me as I need to send you the risk assessment regarding the day.
Time credits can be earn, 1 for each hour you attend, bring butties and a drink, as the day lasts till 2 pm ish.
Click this link to see the groups work in previous years. bringing back native growth to an area is so satisfying and means the area will be well balance with a diversity of native wildlife. http://www.lowerburghmeadowconservation ... m-bashing/
Lower Burgh Meadow Conservation group had an other successful Balsam bash day on Sunday 5th June, when 10 people turned up.
We bashed an area 100 yards long by 20 to 30 yards wide, one third of which was one large stand, the rest being several small stands and lots of individual plants.
The group will be returning periodically to pull the stragglers for the rest of this year.
The group has spent a fair few hours this year clearing more Balsam from Plock wood, three work days to date, a couple of evenings and individuals having a go whilst on there walks.
The wood from the recycling dept to the pond the group dug out, was walked through on our last work day and from 40% coverage 4 years ago, we only pulled 50 to 60 singletons.
Into Plock wood from the recycling dept the "clearing " is now developing well with native flora, as is the other thousands of square mtrs we have cleared of Balsam.
The groups work plan for 2016 can be seen at this link http://www.lowerburghmeadowconservation ... ogramme-2/ our work plan for 2017 is almost complete and you will be able to see it at the same link, by Mid September.
Contact me and Come & help out anytime.