Colin had got a head-start on the rest of us, having started his litter pick in advance of our arrival. We were soon underway however, having received instruction from session leader, Sally on the tasks to be done. As well as the litter pick and some clearance of stray tree branches close to the path, the main activity was, once again, Himalayan Balsam pulling.
A number of dense patches of balsam had again sprung up close to the banks of the river - very tall and in flower. We certainly were not going to be short of work.
Mid-morning refreshment break aside, it was an intense morning of activity. Fortunately it remained dry unlike the torrential downpours of the previous day and our progress by the end of the session was clear. It would have been nice if the weather had been a little warmer, sunnier and generally more summery however!
|Assembling in the car park|
|Margaret receives her birthday card|
|Balsam pulling underway|
|In the woods|
|A fistful of Balsam|
|Some of the litter collected from along the path|
|View from the Ock Valley out across the corn field|
|Robert working hard|
|Barry and Enid pick litter|
|Janet and Victor keep busy|
|Balsam clearance on the riverbank|
|Dieuwke tackling the Balsam (photo by Barry)|