Knot More Weed?

Yesterday Bobbie and I again donned our rather warm spray suits to cut and treat most of the remaining Japanese Knotweed in the Valley. If left unmanaged, then this non-native invasive plant forms a dense mono-culture that swaps other vegetation. The stems grow like bamboo up to around 10ft and have large distinctive leaves.

As Laura reported on one of our recent outings, it’s great to see our hard work is paying off. On previously treated areas we are often only finding sparse low regrowth which we can easily spray off.

This year on  plot 105 at Chalk Farm in Wellesley, we cut and treated the remaining half of the Japanese Knotweed.

Stu diving into the undergrowth

The extent of Knotweed in 2016

Newly cleared patch

It’s very rewarding to get on top of this large area and open up the bank. A huge thank you for everyone’s help on this challenging task.

Acting Senior Ranger Stuart

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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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