Firstly, thank you to everyone that came along on Wednesday last week, we were delighted to also be joined by so many of the Moors Valley volunteers. A huge amount of balsam was pulled, the second year we have tackled that area and certainly worthwhile as it is upstream from our site causing the seed to spread easily.
Tomorrow (Saturday 1st) 9am-1pm we will be spending the morning in Uddens Plantation pulling Himalayan Balsam along Uddens Water.
The closest parking is at the Ferndown Forest Golf Club, Forest Links Rd, Ferndown BH22 9PH (also the closest toilets at the Forest Inn pub there which we can highly recommend for food and drink).
From there walk in to Uddens Plantation following the Castleman trailway along Uddens Water until you reach the vehicle bridge (not quite a far as last couple of times when we have been up by the solar farm).
Our vehicle will be parked here (a small blue car instead of the usual Land rover).
We will aim to leave a radio with the sign in sheet at the vehicle, so you can call us if you can't see us when you arrive.
We will be working further up the track in the woods to the right.
We will not have our trailer, but will have hot and cold drinks, biscuits and gloves.
If you want more detail on locations etc please let me know.
The ground conditions are fairly dry currently, but uneven and we highly recommend long trousers and long sleeves. There is the potential for ticks and certainly nettles and brambles.
We should be working in the woodland, so should be shady.
This month we will be concentrating on pulling the Balsam and knocking back the Bracken where it is threatening sensitive areas.
Future weekend volunteering dates -
Timing is usually 09:00-14:30 ish, but it is likely that during the Summer we will pack up earlier)
As always people are welcome to come and go at times that suit.
Sun 16th July
Sat 29th July
Sun 20th August
Sat 16th September
Sun 1st October
Sat 21st October
Sun 5th November
Sat 18th November
Sun 3rd December
Sat 16th December