Monthly Archives: July 2014

We need you!

Spraying Invasive Species Sally Project Officer Hale BollinToday is the last day for you to show your support of the BEACON project and donate to further our cause (or even save the project). 

We need your money to carry on with the project and purchase a van, protective clothing and equipment that staff and volunteers will use.

To donate any amount online and recieve a thank you perk please click here

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Decapitating Giant Hogweed

Return_Of_The_Giant_Hogweed_by_HappyRussiaWork has been done to control the Giant Hogweed along the Bollin by contractors, landowners, volunteers, BEACON and United Utilities staff.  We have started to work from the upstream end of the problem at Bankhall Lane in Hale, and have made our way down as far as Bowdon Sewage Treatment Works. 

praying Giant Hogweed Bowdon

 

 

Most of the Giant Hogweed has been sprayed using a herbicide, and some dug up where the plants have not yet reached maturity.

 

 

 

 

 

However, not all of the Giant Hogweed plants can be treated as there are just too many for us to tackle.¬† So, one way to prevent the plants spreading is to ‘decapitate’ them, or chop off the flowering head.¬† To do this you need PPE to stop the Giant Hogweed sap burning your skin, and you need to get the Giant Hogweed at this time of year before the seeds ripen.

Two National Trust volunteers and a member of UU staff, helped out last week on a blisteringly hot day to contol the Giant Hogweed at Bowdon.

Giant Hogweed Decapitating 1

Giant Hogweed Decapitating 2

 

You can see here the enormity of the task ahead of us.  Below is a bit of a before, during and after shot of the Giant Hogweed and its demise!

 

 

 

Giant Hogweed Decapitating Before

BEFORE

iant Hogweed Decapitating During

DURING

Giant Hogweed Decapitating After

AFTER

Thanks to the work of the volunteers and staff at United Utilities all the Giant Hogweed in the vicinity of the Sewage Treatment works at Bowdon was ‘decapitated’, which will help them and members of the Freinds of Bowdon Bollin in thier control work next year.

Giant Hogweed Decapitating Volunteers

Avro Golf Club Balsam Bash – 19th July 2014

Balsam Bashing Avro Golf Club Woodford

A group of 18 volunteers met up at Avro Golf Club, in Woodford, on a very wet and overcast morning last Saturday.

We met at the Club House and went over the¬†plan for the day before heading out.¬† The plan was to control as much Himalayan Balsam as we possibly could in a woodland that borders the golf club, and is causing problems for the green keepers and players as the¬†spreads its seeds¬†onto the course.¬† There really is no shortage of the stuff round here with the balsam over 8′ tall in some places!

Not to be deterred by the bad weather the group got stuck in after a short walk along the river to get to the woodland. 

Balsam Bashing Avro Golf Club Woodford 6

 

Balsam Bashing Avro Golf Club Woodford¬†With both BEACON volunteers and golf club staff and members getting involved we were able to make a great dent in the balsam that we found in the woodland.¬† Some volunteers concentrated on¬†creating a ‘fire break’; clearing the balsam on the borders between the woodland and the gold course, and thus stopping the spread onto the golf greens.

Everyone was really ethusiastic despite the terrible rain that soaked everyone, and the volunteers ranged in age from 3 to 86! 

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Balsam Bashing Avro Golf Club Woodford 2Everyone was made to feel welcome by the golf club, and both lots of volunteers (young and old), got on like a house on fire by the end of the day.

 

 

After a thorough soaking we were all really grateful for the tea, sandwiches and cake provided by the golf club, and some of the men enjoyed a pint from the bar!

We will repeat this event next year (hoping for some sunshine next time), so keep lookng out on the BEACON events pages for more information.