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Today and a fortnight ago (23rd October) we worked with the Friends of the Bowdon Bollin.  As well as doing some general tidying and maintenance of hedges we have laid previously, we did some work to open up and allow light to other parts of the footpath and to the riverbank.  The original plan had been to work on the installation of two kissing gates but unfortunately this wasn’t possible for logistical reasons – although with luck the kissing gates can be planned for some future Sundays!

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As in recent tasks, more Himalayan balsam to tackle yesterday, but this time with the Friends of the Bowdon Bollin!  (Our planned constructional work on a gate or two, which the original idea for yesterday, has had to be postponed to the autumn.) The Friends have had some good success clearing balsam from some of their sites, including the woodland we worked in during the afternoon, where the previous very dense balsam is now greatly reduced.  And it’s not often we conservation volunteers get to have lunch on a beach!

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Invasive species were given a battering today when SACV volunteers were out with the Friends of the Bowdon Bollin.  Our main aim was to clear Himlayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) from a stretch of the Bollin near Ashley Mill Lane (approximately SJ761855), but there was also a chance to have a go at injecting herbicide into Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica), which is another common alien invader along the banks of the river. Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) was not the main focus of today’s activities but we had to be aware of this harmful plant as it can also be found here, although the Friends have been doing a good job in recent years of treating it and reducing its presence.  A lovely sunny day to be on the banks of a river, and we hope to have done some good in the ongoing battle against these damaging species!

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Yesterday members of SACV were out with the Friends of the Bowdon Bollin to continue with the laying of a hedge along the riverbank path which we started last year.  It was quite a tricky hedge, with a lot of mature growth and some thick trunks to contend with!  But we had a perfect bright winter day for the work and ended in the late afternoon dusk with a good stretch of hedge satisfactorily completed.  There is more to be done along the same part of the riverbank – so perhaps we’ll be back early next year.

This was SACV’s last event of the year, and so we finished off afterwards in the customary manner – with a get-together for mince pies, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts at Elaine’s!

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Last Sunday SACV members joined the Friends of the Bowdon Bollin to help them in their work to maintain and enhance the footpath along the Bollin.  The task – on a lovely bright November day – was to get stuck into some hedgelaying.

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