The first task of the morning for four of the conservation volunteers was to pick wild garlic leaves and flowers for the kitchen at the Stables so that they could make garlic soup. We quickly collected a sufficient quantity, so it was off to the Stable kitchen to deliver them. After making our delivery it was time for a quick coffee break then we joined the rest of the team where our next task was to pull up Himalayan Balsam seedlings.
Himalayan balsam is a large plant which is native to the Himalayas, introduced into Britain it has spread widely. The plants are large (up to 2metres in height) and spread aggressively to outcompete native plants. Himalayan balsam is easily identified when in flower but we were looking for small seedlings a couple of inches tall – it was like looking for a needle in a haystack!
|A Himalayan Balsam Seedling|
|Searching for Seedlings|