High House Waste, South Dartmoor.   Conservation work 4 March 2012.


Although it was raining on the way to Cornwood, the forecast was accurate, so by the time we were on site, the weather had turned spring-like.   A group of a dozen regulars, with two new volunteers, finished cutting the firebreak in preparation for our swaling, which is due to take place next week, weather permitting.   Swaling is traditional management of moorland, burning off vegetation that has become too dense or unpalatable to grazing stock.     The firebreak is 5 metres wide and should ensure burning is restricted to the area intended.     Thanks to hard work by all, we finished by lunchtime.   This is such a good place to spend a sunny sunday!Image