Friday 22nd May 2015.

Overcast and rainy this morning with a pic from a few days ago.
In the MSM there’s news of a bomb being found near the Britain’s Got Talent studio’s – enough said!
There’s been an earthquake in Kent – is it?
And a (cash-strapped?) council somewhere in the UK has painted a Duck Lane on a canal tow-path.
Such is the UK!
There is, on Twitter, a website link to a nature website that’s collecting info’ on plants that grow wild. They’re interested in (amongst others) Himalayan Balsam, Giant Hogweed, Japanese Knotweed etc. and you can, via the ‘site, report infestations – supported by relevant photographs – and pin-point them on a map … mmm, do I have the time?! There’s acres of the stuff locally! Last year the River Irwell banks on the outskirts of Close Park supported (imo) the most prolific Hogweed infestations with Himalayan Balsam literally everywhere. Along the Irwell there were outcrops of Japanese Knotweed again, literally everywhere.
The wild plant spotted and photographed yesterday isn’t Himalayan Balsam (it’s a bit early yet) it’s Red Campion – a natural UK wildflower as far as I can learn from the ‘net.
Hogweeds are about two feet tall as yet – they will reach, along parts of the local Nature Trail, over fifteen feet!
Pic two today shows Hogweeds as of a few days ago at the footbridge by the Wellington Street Viaduct. To the left of here, below the Viaduct, there will be large outcrops of Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed along the river banks.

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