Balsalm to Picnic

Yesterday 7 hardy volunteers braved the mizzly rain to do one of the most thankless task we offer – pulling up Himayalan Balsalm, so to make the day a little easier we have a picnic in the afternoon.  Whilst most of the guys worked on the river banks south of the car park, Mike and John replaced a broken rail on the corral, which was a slightly longer task than we’d imagined due to the novel way it had been constructed.

Come 1 o’clock we took shelter under the gazebo from the increasing rain and Eric regaled us with stories about airplanes and goats as we tucked into the spread.

Thanks to all the volunteers who came to join me.  If you see any Himayalan Balsalm anywhere in the Blackwater Valley, please feel free to pull it up and pile it up away from the river.  Be careful of wet slippery river banks!

Impatiens Glandulifera

Impatiens Glandulifera

Assistant Ranger Laura

About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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