Actually obelixx, you get rid of the leaves/ bracts and eat the chokes.
So where does everyone live and garden? Marion is obviously in Bristol. I am just across the water from her in Cwmbran, South East Wales, though I also garden in Newport and Cardiff .lol
It`s probably Keel slugs Lyn, spread some slug pellets to sort them out. They live in the soil and only come out at night so you rarely see them.