Creeping thistle in under-grazed meadows
Where: Bishop Stortford, Hertfordshire
When: May 2004
Area: 30 acres (approx)
Status: Countryside Stewardship
Detail: Discussion & demonstration to volunteers. Organized
by Hertfordshire County Council. Work with 15 volunteers,
chiseling light quantities of Creeping thistle. 15 volunteers
1.5 metres apart, made a 35 metre length of people stretched
across the field. A machine this wide does not exist.
Display, talk to and work alongside 15 Herts older generation
machine as wide as this does not exist: we formed
a 30 metre workforce line, stretching across the pasture.
Each member carried a Chisel Hoe, as we advanced slowly
over the pasture, taking out Creeping thistle as we came
across it. There wasn’t a very large amount to remove,
so we covered a large area quickly. Even if the thistle
had been more of a problem, such a large force would have
tackled it in no time.
when the individuals make up a workforce number ten
or more, and they are properly organized, the work-rate
is remarkable. No machine is ever as large or so intelligent
in its work