Himalayan balsam is an invasive non-native plant that grows rather out of control in this area if left unchecked and crowds out the native species. The orginal intention of these sessions was to clear away any hazardous tree branches and other obstructions to enable us to easily pull up the balsam later in the season. However, the plant was found to be coming through already - somewhat earlier than expected, so that much of the effort was taken up in removing the young shoots.
Undaunted by the miserable weather, a reasonable turn out enabled us to make good progress on the site and further visits to Frilford later in the year will give us other opportunities to eliminate this alien invader!
|Frilford Heath SSSI|
|Lauren taking a break from himalayan balsam clearance|
|the blogger takles some overhanging branches|
|snails clinging to the goat willow|
|woodland at Frilford|
|early shoots of himlayan balsam appearing|