Tuesday 5th July saw the DPA volunteers meeting at Sharpitor car park on Walkhampton Common for another day of conservation work. This time the first objective was to clear bracken on part of one of the DPA’s own land-holdings, Sharpitor. The group split into two subgroups: one went with machines to the Peek Hill side where John Watson, Claude Williams and Peter Butcher strimmed the reeve from Sharpitor towards Peek Hill and also cleared most of the ‘pound’ east of the reeve.   Derek Collins cleared the cross walls inside the DPA land.  The following three photographs show aspects of this work.

 

The Sharpitor reeve from Peek Hill.

The Sharpitor reeve from Peek Hill.

 

Machinists cutting bracken on the Sharpitor-Peek hill pound.

Machinists cutting bracken on the Sharpitor-Peek Hill pound.

 

The pound on the Sharpitor-Peek Hill boundary.

The pound on the Sharpitor-Peek Hill boundary.

 

Machining below Sharpitor, near the Stanlake Plantation.

Machining below Sharpitor, near the Stanlake Plantation.

 

The second group of volunteers cut the bracken using hand slashers at previously cut sites of archaeological importance on the eastern side of the tor, namely reeves and hut circles.  A satisfying aspect of the work is that where the bracken has been cut, it grows with a lot less vigour.  Once the Sharpitor work was completed, the volunteers moved across to Leeden Hill.

The work on Leeden was essentially a continuation of the work on Sharpitor – mostly clearance of the reeve (Walkhampton Common Reeve) and a perhaps previously unrecorded hut circle. There is an occasional structural artefact associated with the reeve, looking like a small enclosure.  The following photographs show aspects of this work.

 

Nicely cleared Sharpitor reeve in the background

Nicely cleared Sharpitor reeve in the background

 

Cutting bracken by machine on Leeden Hill.

Cutting bracken by machine on Leeden Hill, with Sharpitor in the background.

 

Three tors on the skyline, from the left: Sheep's Tor, Leather Tor and Sharpitor.

Three tors on the skyline, from the left: Sheep’s Tor, Leather Tor and Sharpitor.

 

There is usually enough bracken for everyone - until we finish.

There is usually enough bracken for everyone – until we finish.