We returned to Mill Road, Marcham for the first time this year to tackle the Himalayan Balsam. We found that the ditch we cleared of balsam last summer had only one relatively small patch. The small copse beyond that had been cut down and there was a lot growing there. Large areas of water, where there had been none last year, had appeared as a result of all the rain.
After the break, we pulled up balsam growing by the stream on the other side of the road and in a field occupied by two friendly ponies, where it grows in abundance. New members who hadn't done Himalayan Balsam pulling before found out how obsessive it can be and had to be dragged away at 12.30. We will visit the area again in early August.