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.
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!
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.