A lovely warm day, which it always seems to be when we go to Venford, saw the DPA conservation volunteers visit the site of the medieval longhouses, situated at the far end of the reservoir.  This is a site, approximately 150 x 30 meters, which DPA volunteers keep clear of bracken at the request of South West Lakes Trust.  Having attended to this site for a number of years , we were encouraged to see how a beautiful display of grasses and foxgloves has now had the opportunity to grow in place of the dense bracken that used to cover the longhouses and adjacent area.  Nine of us showed up – Bob, Chris, Claude, Derek, Elaine and John, Janet and John and Rachel.  Hot work clearing the bracken at the far end of the site.  We were sustained by chocolate brownies on this occasion.  While we were at Venford, Val and Jane were busy keeping bracken at bay at Grimspound.

 

Arrival on site coffee break.

Arrival on site coffee break.

 

Longhouse before.

Longhouse, before.

 

Revealing longhouse walls (also, Derek taking a well-earned rest

Revealing longhouse walls (also, Derek taking a well-earned rest!).

 

Note the difference in bracken either side of the railings.

Note the difference in bracken either side of the railings.

 

Longhouse after.

Longhouse after.