Callum and Keiran joined Laura and I last week to tackle several unwanted plants in Southwood Woodland. We found numerous escaped garden plants along the northern edge of the wood, when we cleared the ranger path earlier in the year to monitor the boundary. If left unchecked these non-native invasive plants would spread and threaten the biodiversity of our lovely woodland.
Bizarrely some of the garden plants had been planted, including an ornamental pine which Callum and Kieran dug up. Others had taken root after being dumped in the woods, including a ground cover weed by the Links Way entrance that was so extensive that Laura needed to spray it off with herbicide. You can find out more about garden waste recycling in Rushmoor here.
Finally a trip to Southwood wouldn’t be complete without excavating at least one lump of buried metal, this time it only just fitted in the trailer.