We have two dates for you this month!
This Saturday 10th June and Wednesday 21st June when we hope to be joined by the Moors Valley Volunteers.
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, we are making progress and although it is still present it is harder to find!
That said we have found it has spread into the woodland, so we will need to go in search of that.
Ground conditions are fairly uneven and may be muddy in the wet woodland (even after this dry spell), so please wear suitable footwear.
I would definitely advise long trousers as there is a risk of ticks and guaranteed nettles & brambles etc.
We will mostly be working in the shade of the trees, although may be in the sun in places.
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 2.30pm at the latest, 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 where to meet on the 21st, as it will in part depend what we find and how we get on this Saturday.
Location details for Saturday below, but please shout if you need any other information.
Call me if you can't find us on the day.
NOTE - The map and details below are from last year and also have the location for the Heathland site where we were bashing bracken. We will be doing that soon, but probably not Saturday.
We will be working in the vicinity of the single orange dot with the two orange lines...
Hope that makes sense!
Best parking is the Ferndown Forest Golf Club.
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