With 7 DPA volunteers and 17 DWT (Devon Wildlife Trust) volunteers the bracken was raked from Pudsham Meadows in record time this year.  There was plenty of time for resting and chatting as well as hard work!

The story is mostly in the photo-captions.

Volunteers in action in Goat Field with an area in the foreground where the bracken was previously pulled rather than cut, allowing the knapweed and other species to flower

Volunteers in action in Goat Field with an area in the foreground where the bracken was previously pulled rather than cut, allowing the knapweed and other species to flower

 

 

 

Similar action in Small Field

Similar action in Small Field

 

 

Bracken was collected by fork ....

Bracken was collected by fork ….

 

 

..... or in dumpy bags or on tarpaulins

….. or in dumpy bags or on tarpaulins

 

 

The tarpaulins could be well-loaded as the bracken was dry and lightweight

The tarpaulins could be well-loaded as the bracken was dry and lightweight

 

 

 

Tipping the tarp onto the heap

Tipping the tarp onto the heap

 

 

Spot the volunteers compacting the heap

Spot the volunteers compacting the heap

 

 

As we finished the bracken early, a number of other tasks were carried out including removing a redundant fence and moving a gate.

As we finished the bracken early, a number of other tasks were carried out including removing a redundant fence and moving a gate.

 

With thanks to Val Barns, Derek Collins and Hilary Marshall for providing the photos.