Village News

Ley Reed Cutting Day Two

The second day of reed cutting took place on a crisp, frosty morning at South Milton Ley on Sunday (Feb 3).

Nick Townsend writes: "My thanks on behalf of Devon Birds for all the hard work. We were again fortunate with the weather and, with the ground pretty firm on the whole, we extended the cut this year to around a hectare. A great achievement and much the largest area cleared in the 10 years I have been involved.

"We have not been able to cut this area for many years and the accumulated leaf litter made the work much harder for both the reed cutter and the reed gatherers, specially in the wetter areas nearer the sea. As we were about to finish the machine expired and has now been taken away for a well earned service and repair. I hope you have all recovered too."

Nick added that he was pleased that so many villagers were among the 60 people who helped gather and burn the reeds cut by Rory Sanders during the two sessions.

Pictures by Alan Pomroy, James Day, Graham Collyer and Nick Townsend

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