Weeds are hiding the river in Worcester...

Worcester News: What view?........Visitors try to watch a boat on the River Severn in Worcester City Centre, but their view is partially blocked by weeds, growing on the banks of the river. What view?........Visitors try to watch a boat on the River Severn in Worcester City Centre, but their view is partially blocked by weeds, growing on the banks of the river.

THE River Severn is getting harder to spot in some parts of Worcester, because of the all the bankside weeds.

The City Council is blaming an exceptional growing season.

Concerned members of the public have contacted the Worcester News, with claims that even passing boats are being obscured by dense undergrowth, especially nettles.

And a photograph, taken by News photographer Jonathan Barry, near the swan monument, seems to bear out these claims.

Worcester lady, Patricia Sherriff, said: "As Sunday was such a nice day to go for a walk, we decided to take a walk by the riverside past the cathedral and to watch the passing boats; however once past the water fountains we lost sight of the river due to the weeds at the waters edge.

She added: "It is fine if you are 6ft plus, you can see all , but if you are vertically challenged like me you have no chance to see a boat, let alone ducks or swans.

"It comes to something when nettles are taller than you are. Why doesn't the council cut down the weeds ? Tourists visiting us are not going to be very impressed with state of our riverside ."

The problem has been acknowledged by Worcester City Council, and a solution should soon be in sight, - not to mention passing boats on the river.

City Council spokesman, Rob Byrne, said, on Thursday, July 3 : “Our teams are now on site cutting back the grass along the riverside path to its normal levels.

"We are working our way through a busy schedule of grass cutting, as growing conditions have been exceptionally good in recent months.”

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2:36pm Thu 3 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

I haven't been this year, but last year the balsam was so high I couldn't see the river at all .
I haven't been this year, but last year the balsam was so high I couldn't see the river at all . liketoknow
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2:43pm Thu 3 Jul 14

CJH says...

liketoknow wrote:
I haven't been this year, but last year the balsam was so high I couldn't see the river at all .
Was it as high as an elephant's eye? :-)
[quote][p][bold]liketoknow[/bold] wrote: I haven't been this year, but last year the balsam was so high I couldn't see the river at all .[/p][/quote]Was it as high as an elephant's eye? :-) CJH
  • Score: 2

2:54pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Peter WR5 says...

For CJH ... A bright golden haze on the meadow makes a superb change from the floody-flood!
For CJH ... A bright golden haze on the meadow makes a superb change from the floody-flood! Peter WR5
  • Score: 3

3:02pm Thu 3 Jul 14

MissPiggy88 says...

It was exactly the same last year as well.
It was exactly the same last year as well. MissPiggy88
  • Score: 0

4:05pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Ted Elgar says...

The balsam as you go along the river past the new footbridge is unbelievable. some nice Japanese knotweed getting going down there too. Will require a lot of roundup to get rid of that.
The balsam as you go along the river past the new footbridge is unbelievable. some nice Japanese knotweed getting going down there too. Will require a lot of roundup to get rid of that. Ted Elgar
  • Score: 2

4:13pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Hwicce says...

Some people are never happy.

I assume they'll complain about destroying the habitat for butterflies, dragonflies and small animals as soon as it's cut down.
Some people are never happy. I assume they'll complain about destroying the habitat for butterflies, dragonflies and small animals as soon as it's cut down. Hwicce
  • Score: 2

5:13pm Thu 3 Jul 14

CJH says...

Peter WR5 wrote:
For CJH ... A bright golden haze on the meadow makes a superb change from the floody-flood!
Just glueing the fringe on to the top of my Surrey, and then I'm off...
.
Why do I have the feeling that some people won't have a clue what we're on about? :-)
[quote][p][bold]Peter WR5[/bold] wrote: For CJH ... A bright golden haze on the meadow makes a superb change from the floody-flood![/p][/quote]Just glueing the fringe on to the top of my Surrey, and then I'm off... . Why do I have the feeling that some people won't have a clue what we're on about? :-) CJH
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6:01pm Thu 3 Jul 14

mrslish says...

CJH wrote:
Peter WR5 wrote:
For CJH ... A bright golden haze on the meadow makes a superb change from the floody-flood!
Just glueing the fringe on to the top of my Surrey, and then I'm off...
.
Why do I have the feeling that some people won't have a clue what we're on about? :-)
But any chicks and ducks and geese won't scurry, if they are on the river they won't see you behind the weeds!...........I know what your "on about" ;)
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter WR5[/bold] wrote: For CJH ... A bright golden haze on the meadow makes a superb change from the floody-flood![/p][/quote]Just glueing the fringe on to the top of my Surrey, and then I'm off... . Why do I have the feeling that some people won't have a clue what we're on about? :-)[/p][/quote]But any chicks and ducks and geese won't scurry, if they are on the river they won't see you behind the weeds!...........I know what your "on about" ;) mrslish
  • Score: 1

7:08am Fri 4 Jul 14

Hwicce says...

CJH wrote:
Peter WR5 wrote:
For CJH ... A bright golden haze on the meadow makes a superb change from the floody-flood!
Just glueing the fringe on to the top of my Surrey, and then I'm off...
.
Why do I have the feeling that some people won't have a clue what we're on about? :-)
It's Friday - I've got to go to Kansas
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter WR5[/bold] wrote: For CJH ... A bright golden haze on the meadow makes a superb change from the floody-flood![/p][/quote]Just glueing the fringe on to the top of my Surrey, and then I'm off... . Why do I have the feeling that some people won't have a clue what we're on about? :-)[/p][/quote]It's Friday - I've got to go to Kansas Hwicce
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10:42am Fri 4 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

mrslish wrote:
CJH wrote:
Peter WR5 wrote:
For CJH ... A bright golden haze on the meadow makes a superb change from the floody-flood!
Just glueing the fringe on to the top of my Surrey, and then I'm off...
.
Why do I have the feeling that some people won't have a clue what we're on about? :-)
But any chicks and ducks and geese won't scurry, if they are on the river they won't see you behind the weeds!...........I know what your "on about" ;)
no seals in that song are there?
[quote][p][bold]mrslish[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter WR5[/bold] wrote: For CJH ... A bright golden haze on the meadow makes a superb change from the floody-flood![/p][/quote]Just glueing the fringe on to the top of my Surrey, and then I'm off... . Why do I have the feeling that some people won't have a clue what we're on about? :-)[/p][/quote]But any chicks and ducks and geese won't scurry, if they are on the river they won't see you behind the weeds!...........I know what your "on about" ;)[/p][/quote]no seals in that song are there? liketoknow
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