Bash more bracken

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

CHAR­LOTTE COOPER’S ar­ti­cle tells us that Nat­u­ral Eng­land and His­toric Eng­land are em­bark­ing on a four-year re­search pro­gramme to un­der­stand the im­pact of brack­en­con­trol meth­ods (Town & Coun­try, Oc­to­ber 26), but the ef­fi­cacy of bash­ing is not en­larged upon. Might I sug­gest this may be where these two dis­tin­guished bod­ies are miss­ing a trick?

At prep school in the 1940s, my fel­low pupils and I be­came ex­pe­ri­enced bracken bash­ers, clear­ing the hill above Ran­noch Lodge in Perthshire each year, so that the grass could grow and the sheep could graze. Knock­ing the bracken heads off be­fore they had time to es­tab­lish fo­liage did the trick, as I re­call. Alexan­der Sparks, by email

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