50 acres around the farmstead were affected (see drawing
below). Some areas were grazed more by horses than cattle.
The docks had been topped / strimmed regularly and possibly
nibbled by horses. The plants were multiple rooted and
entangled / often small and very awkward to get out. The
worst areas were around cattle feeders. The land was stony,
and the task of removing them, (completed by a worforce
of four), was frustrating.
workforce camped on site in a van, and completed 140 hrs
exact record of the area worked on was not made (although
it was far less than the 50 acres).
visit to this site in 2003 showed that a definite improvement
had been achieved (see photos). It also emphasised the
need for more work & regular maintenance from the
farm management. Tools were left. Also, a hard-standing
of stones was recommended for the areas where cattle feeders
were regularly placed.