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clive ibotson

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« Posted: 16 Aug 2015, 21:54:58 »
policemans helmet spotted in willow brook

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Re: unusual
« Reply #1 Posted: 17 Aug 2015, 14:43:12 »
policemans helmet spotted in pytchell


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Re: unusual
« Reply #3 Posted: 18 Aug 2015, 07:41:03 »
Uh Oh.  That's Himalayan Balsam isn't it?  If so that's Bad News :(

It's very very invasive and the bees love it so much that other species don't get pollenated; thereby amplifying its invasive nature. There's also a belief that honey with a high balsam content tends to granulate quickly making it hard for the bees to use in the winter months (it goes solid).

My folks live by the side of a river and this stuff went from 'Ooh that's a pretty plant' to completely dominant monoculture within a couple of years.

The Good News is that it's easy to pull up and if done so before it seeds the spread can be contained.

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Re: unusual
« Reply #4 Posted: 18 Aug 2015, 14:24:44 »
There's some behind the horsewater which I'll be pulling when I do the next clearance job down there.
The patch on the Pytchell is quite large, and needs a specific job down there. I'm happy to do it , but it wont be until after the 'Bugs' day on Maltings Green, which is on 2nd September. Too much to do down there for now, so if someone else wants a go, get stuck in (just don't fall in the willowbrook !)