Bracken control

The National Trust’s Scarth Wood Moor is a moorland site located near Osmotherley in North Yorkshire. Throughout the site there are ancient burial mounds which are dotted seemingly randomly – these are protected as scheduled monuments and today we were involved in going out to the site and carrying out bracken control.

Bracken is a type of fern which is native to this country. Although bracken is a crucial component of many habitats it spreads rapidly by means of strong underground stems called “rhizomes” (which are capable of producing shoot and root systems of a new plant) and it is because of this that we are treating the bracken to remove it from were the burial mounds are located as it can damage underground archaeology.

Scarth Wood Moor

Treating Bracken

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Chris | National Trust

 

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