A team of about eight people had assembled to roll their sleeves up and do what they could; this is a slightly larger group than usual but to be honest it was hardly enough.
Rose-bay Willow Herb, Fireweed, call it what you will, is a constant problem. This plant, Chamaenerion (or Chamerion) angustifolium, is a puzzle. In 1930 Druce, in his Flora of Northamptonshire called it 'local' but added 'rapidly expanding its range'. One possibility is that a tiny but significant mutation occurred sometime in the years following World War I, conferring this sudden aggressive trait. Along with nettles and brambles it has become a pernicious weed and, in one area of the pocket park we have all three of the
Rosebay Willow Herb forms a dense stand, but it is wonderfully
colourful in late summer. Byfield Pocket Park. 18 May, 2018