There were eight volunteers for the bracken-cutting day at Pudsham Meadows on 7th August. They achieved a great deal of work, helped by the cooler weather than of late. There are various reasons for cutting the bracken but as a control measure, repeated cutting (and pulling) reduces its vigour and enables other species in these meadows to flourish.
Part of Small Field (above) was re-pulled and the rest mown with a scythe (following on from the training course on 1 August).
After finishing the fields, the overgrown sections of bridleway were strimmed. If the rains should come, passers by will not get soaked by wet bracken.
In addition to the usual bracken reduction, the grass mown on the scything course in a neighbouring field was also gathered up.