On 25th November the DPA conservation volunteers returned to Roborough Camp to cut regrown gorse, we had been there on 1st July cutting bracken on the hilltop features.  This time we were cutting gorse that was originally cut in 2004, in the area just north-east of the hilltop.  This area contains a number of pits of currently unknown purpose, although the site is thought to be Iron Age.

The volunteers today were Anne and Tim Whitbourn, Bob Bruce, Christian Brook, Derek Collins, Helen Wilson, John Lucas, John and Rachel Watson, John and Elaine Viant, Hilary Luce, Peter Butcher, Keith Ryan, Stephen Barrow, Sylvia Hamilton, and Val Barns: with special thanks to Elaine for providing three varieties of cake – honey, ginger and chocolate!

There is some more detail of this earthwork feature given in the current issue of the DPA newsletter, Dartmoor Matters, Winter 2016-17, No. 92.

 

Tackling gorse with loppers

Tackling gorse with loppers

 

Machinist cutting gorse at the hilltop

Machinist cutting gorse at the hilltop

 

Machinist using a brush cutter on the gorse around the off-hilltop pits - now pools after recent rain

Machinist using a brush cutter on the gorse around the off-hilltop pits – now pools after recent rain

 

More lopper work and removal of the cuttings

More lopper work and removal of the cuttings

 

Removing cuttings - the A386 is seen not far away

Removing cuttings – the A386 is seen not far away

 

That gorse just grows everywhere .....

That gorse just grows everywhere …..

 

At last - a coffee break, accompanied by .....

At last – a coffee break, accompanied by …..

 

 

Cake! Clockwise - honey, ginger and chocolate.

Cake! Clockwise – honey, ginger and chocolate.