Bracken Bashing

Tuesday, July 7th 2015

Today our volunteers spent most of the day Bracken bashing. This is a popular job and involves smashing swathes of Bracken with a long metal sword-like implement with a sharp blade on either edge. The task is quite satisfying as large areas can be cleared in a relatively short period of time.

The work is valuable as bracken is very invasive, and if left to develop quickly overshadows most other plants that grow beneath it.  Slashing at this stage, removes this year’s growth from the plant and over a number of years weakens the root system.  It has been noticeable how much less bracken there is this season, compared to previous years.  The only down-side to today’s task was the large number of biting Midges and Cleg Flies that seemed to be taking advantage of our presence.

Some of our volunteers spent time this morning tidying up the edges of the paths around the Field Centre garden. The heavy rain and warm weather we have had at Foxglove recently has produced a nice display of Common Spotted Orchids in the garden. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped us get so much done today. 


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