Sunday, 3 July 2016

Balsam bashing at Erddig on Sunday 3rd July

A trip to Erddig (near Wrexham) today to pull up Himalayan balsam.
There were eleven volunteers from MNTV, along with three from Chester/Merseyside.
We enjoyed warm, sunny weather whilst making big inroads into a swathe of balsam on the banks of the Black Brook which runs through the estate.
Getting to the site involved wading across the stream or crossing by improvised pallet pontoon. No-one fell in, but there were several wet feet.

The ranger was busy with a chainsaw in the same area - clearing some trees and low branches. Himalayan balsam prefers shade, so the extra light should play a part as well.

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