The volunteers of the Conservation Team gathered again on Friday 28th October to practise their bramble and bracken cutting capabilities, under a somewhat grey sky although the day remained dry – the weather forecast was accurate!

Volunteers of the DPA Conservation Team

Volunteers of the DPA Conservation Team

The starting point was the bridge over the leat that carries the minor road from the A386 Roborough / Yelverton road down across the golf course. The leat at this point was full of undergrowth, more or less identical to the starting point on 6th October …..

The starting point - "before"

The starting point – “before” – there is a major leat, a “Dartmoor jewel”, here somewhere

The photograph above shows the leat beneath the bridge full of bracken and brambles, a portion of the bridge parapet appears at the bottom of the photos …..

The starting point - "after"

The starting point – “after”

The photograph above shows the same scene as the previous photo after the work was done.

Looking back from the leat to the bridge - "before"

Looking back from the leat to the bridge – “before”

The photograph above was taken from inside the leat, not that you could see any sign of it …..

Looking back towards the bridge - "after"

Looking back towards the bridge – “after”

That’s better!

Looking towards Yelverton, from near the bridge - "before"

Looking towards Yelverton, from near the bridge – “before”

By now, you get the idea!

The good works today were carried out by Chris Francis. Derek Collins, Helen Wilson, John Lucas, John Watson, Keith Ryan, Rachel Watson, Sylvia Hamilton and Val Barns: 10 volunteers on total.

Looking at a wall of scrub

Looking at a wall of bramble and bracken

 

Machinists in action

Machinists in action

 

Forking away the cuttings

Forking away the cuttings. Photo: Rachel Watson

The cuttings from all this activity are sometimes added to old habitat piles …..

Old habitat pile

Old habitat pile

Along the route of the leat are old habitat piles from the original clearance; this started on 2nd September 2011 and finished on 14th March 2014.

Machinists working hard

Machinists working hard – this is slightly easier work, under the trees

Something I have omitted for too long on the blog …..

Cake!

Cake!

Today we had Toffee & Apple cake, made by The Great British Bake Off’s greatest secret, Sylvia!  Thank you again, from all of us.

At the end of the day

At the end of the day

 

Birch Polypore or Razor Strop Fungus. Photo: Rachel Watson

Birch Polypore or Razor Strop Fungus. Photo: Rachel Watson

The bracket fungus above was seen on a tree alongside the small road (seen at the left of the photograph) that runs from the Yelverton end of the leat along the properties of Chub Tor, it is most likely the Birch Polypore aka Razor Strop Fungus, Piptoporus betulinos,

At the end of the day, the length of the leat that we cleared was looking quite pristine – the DPA volunteers can be proud of their achievements. Ity was measured using GPS at 362 metres (395) yards ±3 metres. The length covered is shown on the project’s Google Map, HERE.