We have two dates for you next month (for starters!), Sundays 3rd and 24th July.
Our usual work for the Summer focusses on pulling invasive Himalayan Balsam along Uddens Water where in the past it has got to the point that it has outcompeted the native flora and leaving the banks bare earth when it dies off in the Winter.
The great news is that with the focus over the years, there appears to be very little along our stretch of the river.
That said we have found it has spread into the woodland, so we will need to go in search of that.
As the balsam is not as bad, we are going to start on Sunday knocking back the bracken that is encroaching on our heathland site.
We will then move down to the river and tackle the Balsam.
We may do a little bench maintenance and cutting back encroaching vegetation along the paths too.
Ground conditions are fairly uneven on both sites and may be muddy in the wet woodland, so please wear suitable footwear.
I would definitely advise long trousers as there is a risk of ticks and nettles etc.
The heathland part will be out in the open (although some can tackle the bracken in the surrounding trees if they prefer), but we will in the shade along the river.
Depending on numbers and productivity 😄 , I would imagine by about 10:30 we will be moving from the heath to the 2nd location.
Gloves, tools, hot and cold drinks, biscuits all supplied as usual, but feel free to bring something for lunch if staying all day.
We will be on site from 9am until about 2.30pm, but as always, come and go as it suits.
If you have not been before, please let me have a contact number for yourself and an emergency contact name and number, either by replying to this email or on the day.
Under 16's are welcome if accompanied and let us know if you are working on your DofE as this can count towards it!
I will confirm nearer the date what we will be doing on the 24th July, as it will in part depend what we find and how we get on this Sunday.
If possible, please let me know if you are coming, location details below, but please shout if you need any other information.
Call me if you can't find us on the day.
Key for map below -
Blue Circles - PARKING
Either on Uddens Drive just North of the A31
or Ferndown Forest golf club
Black dots - ROUTE TO SITES FROM UDDENS DRIVE
From the Ferndown end follow the trailway along Uddens Water.
Orange Dots / lines - WORK SITES
Site 1 Heathland project
Site 2 Woodland and river bank along Uddens Water
2022 Future Dates -
Sunday 24th July
Sunday 14th August
Sunday 11th September
Sunday 2nd October
Sunday 23rd October
Sunday 13th November
Sunday 4th December
Sunday 18th December