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first visit to Port Lympne required the removal of large
amounts of flowering Ragwort from 120 acres of south facing,
steep grassland slopes. The clay soil was hard, the weather
was hot, and the terrain rough. Gorse & Hawthorne
grew on the site in clusters, and grass covered ant-hills
were numerous. Spot use of citronella based Barrier H
had been tried, and not liked.
numbers of deer grazed the land through most of summer
& winter, although some limited control was being
introduced. Two animal feeding shelters caused winter
& summer concentration of hoof-marks in the turf.
L-D workforce comprised 4 men from the L-D gang (lead
by J.Trevelyan), and they stayed in an on-site caravan.
Large (but unrecorded) numbers of plants due to flower
were removed and burnt over a 2.5 week contract, which
allowed coverage of the whole site. All plants due to
seed in that year were removed. While working, it became
clear that the numbers of seedling rosettes due to flower
in the following year (2002), were going to be far higher.
These fluctuating rates of annual infestation had often
been observed by the owners, but there was little recorded
detail on grazing & weather.
to start removing the 2002 crop rosettes in the Autumn
/ Winter (2001) were put off. A local workforce was to
continue the work during the summer of 2002.
see J. Briscall report.)
of workforce, tools supplied, travel = £3200+vat. (£26.
The work was needed and completed. It was commissioned
by Mr Trevor King, on advice from James Briscall. Enquiries
on progress to J.Briscall: Tel 01233 750181 or Mr King,
Port Lympne Estates.