Report R034 ***
Creeping Thistle, Spear Thistle, Ragwort, in long grass
Action taken: 104 man-hours, with chisel hoes & L-Ds.
Assessment: the long grass made work with the Chisel Hoes difficult. The Creeping thistle was well advanced in growth, so finding its base was difficult. Some of this work was done by a workforce of three, but most was carried out by one man, alone.
The maintenance task on this needs a more planned approach, from an energetic workforce nearer to the site.
Cost: £780.+ Vat and Travel.
Chisel Hoe Creeping especially towards pond end of site, with the aim of beginning long term control, and preventing seeding.
Remove Docks & Spear thistle growing on slopes of the raised flood bank.
Site Inspection. Late April.
Both creeping thistles and grass were found to be unexpectedly long, which was going to make chiselling below the point of growth hard work. Plant stems were difficult to locate & there was lots of grass to cut through. Docks and Spear thistles were easier to spot, although the long grass once again would hamper visibility.
Creeping thistle was chiselled on both sides of the raised bank.
Spear thistle and dock plants were removed.
This work was also done in the area between the bank and the lower path.
Some work was done near / in the meadow by the sluice.
Some docks were piled near the entrance gate, and others found there way back here (in bags), and were composted
No inspection of the site has been carried out since, and no work was attempted on the hog-weed in the little meadow near the entrance. This is winter work, when the ground is wet.