Drake’s Leat Bracken Cutting

June 26, 2023 |
Ken McGuire

June 2023 –

The first bracken cutting event of the season for the Volunteers on Drake’s Leat last Friday, with ponies as interested spectators!

Roborough Earthworks and around 250m of leat cleared in the day, a good effort by all.

  1. The Importance of Bracken Cutting: Bracken, a common fern species, may seem harmless at first, but its unchecked growth can have detrimental effects on local ecosystems. Left unmanaged, bracken can overshadow and inhibit the growth of other plant species, disrupt wildlife habitats, and pose fire risks. Recognising these concerns, the Volunteers on Drake’s Leat have made it their mission to control bracken growth and ensure the preservation of the area’s biodiversity.
  2. Drake’s Leat: A Historical and Natural Gem: Drake’s Leat holds significant historical and cultural value. Built in the late 16th century by Sir Francis Drake, this impressive watercourse served as a critical water supply system for the city of Plymouth, UK. Today, it stands as a testament to the region’s rich heritage and a cherished natural asset for locals and visitors alike. However, the maintenance and preservation of this historical landmark require consistent efforts, making the involvement of passionate volunteers invaluable.

Photo taken by Ken McGuire