Twelve green gymmers turned up to get on with the task, taking minimal tools from the meeting point in the farmyard outside Cumber's farm shop to the work location. James and Graham donned waders so that they could get in the stream and right up to the banks where a lot of the growth is concentrated. The remainder of us worked steadily amongst the trees, adding to the piles of pulled plants as the morning progressed.
Refreshments were taken at 11am in the barn as usual for this site, and then it was back to work to see how much we could complete up until the close of play.
Much Balsam was removed, but large swathes remain. Many more sessions will be required here if we are to successfully eradicate it from the area. A daunting task, but one that we are prepared for!
|Assembling in the farmyard|
|On our way to the work site|
|Today's leader, James, instructs us on the task|
|Crossing the stream to the work site|
|A pile of pulled Balsam|
|Himalayan Balsam and Green Gymmers|
|Refreshments in the barn|
|Back to work!|
|Still plenty of Balsam left for next time!|
|Packing up at the end of the session|