Up to a few years ago much of the vegetation the Trust is called upon to manage, would have been harvested and used by the island community. Bracken provided winter bedding for the animals, reeds were used for thatching and gorse was collected for burning. Sadly there are very few grazing animals still farmed on Scilly and almost as if the bracken is aware of its advantage, it has increased at an alarming rate. We are experimenting with several methods of control and are planning to recover much of the open land, so that heath and native flora can regenerate.
NO USE FOR GORSE ?
Gorse forms a dense canopy of the plant which smothers all the other vegetation, it also is a plant which can burn from green. Some of the longest established stands of gorse present a huge fire risk. As we cut the gorse it generates large quantities of excellent burning wood. The wood is available free for collecting and we would welcome people taking it off our hands. It always seems a great waste if we end up destroying the material just because we cannot find anyone who
SCILLY up to date BY POST
Unfortunate NewsOver 1,100 people write regularly each year to someone who, for many, has become synonymous with thoughts of Scilly. That person is Mrs. Dorothy Read of "Scilly up to date BY POST". Those readers who use this voluntary service (run in aid of charity) wait eagerly for their copy of "Scilly up to date" to arrive with the post.
are sorry to report that Dorothy has been very ill in Hospital following
major surgery on 23rd August, 1997. For much of the first four weeks
she was heavily sedated and on a respirator in Intensive Care. She
is now making a slow but steady recovery and
PS: This will almost certainly mean that those using her services will
find there is a prolonged delay before they receive their magazine.
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