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On Monday 10th September the mowers arrived. This was later than usual due to the exceptionally wet summer, however, the dry days at the beginning of September allowed the fields to dry, which made it safer for the tractor drivers to negotiate the steep slopes.

This year, following the complaints we made to the Council last year, more suitable sized machinery was used , operated by a farmer.

The photos and commentary on this page were provided by Eileen Stonebridge.

The work of cutting was finished at 7. pm from a 4.30pm start. Five bales were carried away in the small cart and seventeen were left on the low loader. This was collected at 9 pm.

7th September: I took this last Friday about 8.30 am. The light was very good.

The fields were cut and left for a day, this helps some of the seed to fall to the ground. The type of machinery used is also important for wildlife. If conditioning blades are used, there is no opportunity for invertebrates to escape, but if, as was used this year,a toother cutter is used, insects can escape.

In an ideal world, the hay would be turned, in earlier days by hand raking, now by machinery. This costs more to do.

11th September: The contractor returned to collect the hay.

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