We’d like to thank all the RtW volunteers who helped with this year’s balsam bashing tasks.
Ten sites were identiﬁed this year where Indian Balsam plants were growing and could be accessed, and we had a very good response from our volunteers when we suggested 10 possible work party dates in August. In the end, it took six tasks to get through all the work.
We are definitely making good progress in our aim of eradicating the plants from the river banks where we have access. There were only a few plants on the Rye, in Wye Dene and at Boundary Park this year, and the number of plants at Kingsmead and in Wooburn Town was much lower than in previous years. The number of plants removed between Cores End and Wooburn Town, and between Holtspur Lane and Glory Mill Lane was similar to last year, and the number of plants in Wooburn Park had increased. Two new sites, one at Glory Park and one at Knaves Beech were included in this year’s programme.