Thistle and Ragwort in cattle-grazed water meadows
Where: Sulham Estate, Pangbourne, Reading
When: July 2004 organized by English Nature, Thames &
Status SSSI & Organic
Detail: Talk about our photographic display of different
weeding contracts, and demonstrate to a group of farmers
and conservationists on site. Share the day with two machinery
manufacturers (Record) and the Eco-puller.
was an on-site demonstration, organized by English Nature’s
shared the day with the Eco-puller, Record & BCS Machinery.
About 40 farmers & conservationists attended, and L-D
gave a 20 minute talk around the photographs of contracts
that had been done. It was well received, and tools were
sold to the host (Sulham Estate) and individuals who realized
their advantages. The Eco puller seemed able to make a contribution
towards Creeping thistle control, quite as much as Ragwort.
L-D introduced the machine to Yorkshire Water (see ref: