Saturday, 20 June 2020
Walking Gover Valley, Cornwall: Wild Flowers and the Dreaded Japanese Knotweed
A dull rainy day but we wandered along the Gover Valley.
The Gover Stream gurgled along happily as we walked and there were flowers, weeds and herbs for company. They all looked quite healthy because of the recent heavy rain.
We reached some, what I believe to be ovens, left over from the china clay industry which once thrived in Cornwall.
We decided to turn round here and retrace our steps, the stream was still making its merry way to the sea.
Ah, but now we came to some unwanted visitors: Japanese Knotweed! It's the plant to the right of the photo below. Yes, it looks innocent, and later will have nice pink flowers, but it isn't.
To quote the UK Government web site: You could be fined up to £5,000 or be sent to prison for up to 2 years if you allow [Japanese Knotweed] contaminated soil or plant material from any waste you transfer to spread into the wild.
Sadly there is a lot of this knotweed along Gover Valley. It's difficult to eliminate despite the area having been treated.
Moving on we returned home safely!
My wife has been making coronavirus masks. I think she's made over 50 and they have been distributed to relatives, friends and neighbours - whether they want one or not!
Seriously though, masks are now advisable when out and about in crowded places and are compulsory when travelling in buses and trains. Looks like she still has lots more material.
Thanks for the visit, stay healthy.
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