Another bummer. The very high tides came over the bund and washed away six bags of rhizomes. I knew the bund wasn't high enough in some places on very high tides, but in the heat of working on the patch I didn't think about it.
I have found them and will have to keep an eye open for any growths over the whole fields, some 11 acres or more. :'(
In future all rhizomes will be moved to the garden and burnt.
May 14th. First big burn with the help of Steve
May 18th. Hope to complete the 'first'knotweed pull today. DONE Intend to check in a few weeks. -:- 11.55 Posted details on main site.
June 18th. Second complete pull done today.
Morning of May 14th.
Due to meet Hugh Tyler of Natural England to have a general check and discussion on invasive plants. James MaFarlane (Cornwall County Council's Vegetation Adviser) will be coming to help with the Himalayan Balsam options. Steve Morris also intends to be here.
I clarified the work I expect to do this year (will provide map on main website later) to with with details. We agreed on a two week estimate for the work which will entailed Steve and I working for one week on the far field whilst I undertake the rest alone.
Once the map and detail have been posted I will contact Hugh Tyler to confirm and see what payment can be arranged.
Have designed to curtail the weed this year, in five defined areas.
- Site 1: The 'Far Field boundary' between the higher and lower parts that in roughly defined by the lower field's eastern drainage channel.
- Site 2: The areas A to H that are being cleared of Giant Hogweed
- Site 3: The top and just 'East of Bund' to the boat, to stop spread to marsh to the west.
- Site 4: 'West of Bund' west of the bund, some 20metres wide, that has for years been cleared.
- Site 5: The new extended growth covering an acre in the East of the Marsh, just west of the above.
3rd June 12:08
Have just sent Hugh Tyler of Natural England and email linking to and containing the map and details, which are now on the ELF website.
What could be done is all the rest of the marsh to ensure it is not spreading
What isn't being done is the mass on the lower fields north of the boat including the bunds adjacent the river.
Two were removed from Site A on 18th May. Lost exact details of those removed from Site EoB