This Sunday 8th August we will be finishing our annual Himalayan Balsam pulling efforts along Uddens Water.
The plan for this time is to start at the Police station end, so we can prioritise anything that is on or around the river bank. If we clear that, we go back to the area we started in the woodland further up.
Therefore, if you are arriving late and we have moved from the area immediately in from the entrance, just follow the trailway along the river until you see the truck just past the next bridge.
The weather forecast looks ideal for volunteering, but not great for the beach, so you know where you ought to be :-)
Long trousers and substantial footwear essential as the balsam is now mostly in amongst other vegetation and there is a risk of ticks. The ground is mostly pretty uneven too and likely to be boggy in places. The site is mostly in the shade, but please also take the weather conditions into account. We will carry on if raining (although may finish early).
For those driving, it is off the Police station / Golf course entrance, the address is Forest Links Rd, Ferndown BH22 9PH (I'm sure the golf course will not object to you parking in their carpark).
I won't bring the trailer, but we will have the usual hot/cold drinks, biscuits / snacks and gloves.
There is still some bashing of invading bracken to do on our heathland site if we fancy a change.
Reminder - If you have not already given it (Since last summer), we will need contact details for track and trace and next of kin details in case of emergency.
Can't find us on the day? Call 07984 843192
As always come for as long as you wish.
Ideally let me know if you are thinking of coming along by replying to this email or dropping me a message.
If you can't make it, feel free to pull any balsam you see and leave it with the root out of the ground. Balsam pulls up easily. If it has hairs on the stalk and resists pulling out it is not balsam so leave it be
Future dates -
5th September - Cannon Hill - Task TBC
3rd October - Cannon Hill - Task TBC
31st October - UP - Heathland Restoration
14th November - UP - Heathland Restoration
12th December - UP - Heathland Restoration
9th January - UP - Heathland Restoration
6th February - UP - Heathland Restoration
6th March - UP - Heathland Restoration
3rd April - Task TBC
15th May - Task TBC
Depending on demand, tasks required and availability, we may slot in some extras or need to adjust the dates a little.