I’ve spent a couple of days over at Swan Lake Park in Yateley cutting back the paths, public footpaths and road verge sightlines. Also I’ve been removing the nasty invasive species Himalayan and Orange Balsam, which are taking over large sections of the River Blackwater. Thankfully the balsam pulls out easily, though it’s rather surreal standing amongst the tallest 12ft triffids. Most of the balsam at Swan Lake has been removed and there’s now posters inviting visitors to pull it out if they’d like to help. This has worked well on other sites such as the BV Path by Moor Green Lakes. If you can help to remove it then please wear gloves, stay away from steep river banks, and stack it off the path and away from the ‘highwater mark’.