1. Drake’s (Plymouth) Leat finished!

      Friday 8th January 2016 – the DPA Conservation Team reached another landmark by finishing the clearance work along Drake’s Leat that brought water into Plymouth on 24th April 1591.  We had started with bracken cutting on 16th June 2015.  Bearing in mind that we had cancelled three work days before Christmas due to bad weather,…

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    2. Plymouth Leat – rapid progress

      Thursday 14th November saw quite a large party of DPA volunteers appearing at Plymouth, or Drake’s, Leat on Roborough Common. The quite amazing news about this work party is that covered close to 650 metres of the leat! Admittedly, some sections had no or next to no growth to deal with. Unfortunately, I was on…

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    3. Drake’s Plymouth Leat, a bracken day

      Thursday 5th September saw the DPA volunteers turning out again under a moderately hot sun. It was a good day to carry plenty of liquid – I don’t normally drink between between the regular breaks but I did today, it was warm. The photograph above shows the area where we started, there is previously cleared…

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    4. Bracken cutting on Roborough Common

      Following a Spring ‘break’, the DPA volunteers have started into action again. There have been days of bracken cutting on Sharpitor, Leeden Hill, Drake’s Plymouth Leat, Grimspound and Venford Reservoir. I was present for some but not all of these. On Saturday 20th July, we returned to Roborough Common. First, we cleared bracken from the…

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    5. Plymouth Leat – second work day 2012

      Thursday 28th June was the 2nd work day in 2012 that the DPA volunteers worked on Plymouth Leat, otherwise known as Drake’s Leat, across Roborough Common. The task was to cut bracken both in the leat and on its banks, out to a distance of about two metres. The aim was to cut from the…

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    6. Plymouth Leat – first work day 2012

      Saturday 23rd June saw our 1st work day on Plymouth Leat, also known as Drake’s Leat. From a slim start during the organising process, we ended up 14 of us, so I want to say “Thank you” to Andrea, Anthony & Helen, Bill, Chris, Chris (Western Mortgage Services), Ian (Western Mortgage Services), John & Elaine,…

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