As mentioned in the last blog, we decided to have another session pulling up Himalayan Balsam at Frilford as the Town end of the Ock is practically clear of it this year.
The wood had dried out considerably since our joint session with
Sonning Common two weeks previously and the weather was very much better, so
head protection was needed against midge attack rather than rain. This time
there were only 8 of us, but we got a lot done. A large central section of the
wood is clear of Himalayan Balsam now. Much of it is coming in to bloom now and
when the seed pods are ripe they explode when touched, each one scattering its
seeds up to 7 metres.
Himalayan Balsam pulling is somewhat addictive, but we
had to be strong minded and finish at 12.30. We probably won't be back here
until next year, when we will find out how much progress we have made.