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Balsam Bashed!

Posted: Monday 8th August 2016 by Volunteering

A humongous achievement by volunteers clearing Himalayan balsam through Norbury Park

East Area and Norbury volunteers have been stars last two weeks pulling Himalayan balsam – actually not the worst of jobs… Some huge areas well above head height, some smaller scattered stuff, and mostly well intertwined with stinging nettles!

Whilst working along the river, in pretty perfect weather, we saw kingfishers, little egret and even a kite and buzzard sharing same thermal.

Another benefit has been that the volunteers and I have seen and got to know bits of the river that we usually don’t have a chance to view.

We probably achieved clearing about 5/6ths of the length of the Mole through Norbury, sadly not quite the entire stretch, but still a humungous achievement!

Hopefully our Riversearch Team will manage to tackle the remaining balsam!

Andrea Neal

Ranger

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