Brambles? What brambles?

Over the course of clearing the allotment, I’ve had the opportunity to learn lots about brambles. I didn’t have much choice really, they were everywhere!

Dad drafted in again to help beat back the brambles

Dad drafted in again to help beat back the brambles

They were growing through the fence from the park, coming up beside the apple trees, growing in with the pampas grass, they were all the way along right section of the plot. I had to get them out otherwise there’d be no allotment left, just a bramble jungle. I decided the best course of action would be to cut them down, section by section, so I could find the roots and then dig the whole thing out. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Well it would be if there was only a couple of brambles to remove, but remember, I was only a few blackberries short of the worlds biggest bramble jungle.

Brambles ahoy!

Brambles ahoy!

It took weeks of hacking back the sharp canes, and cutting them down to ground level. Then came the root removal. They were enormous! I was able to burn about half of the dug out brambles before the wet weather started, since then, the rest of the brambles have been bagged up and stored on the plot. We’ve had a run of good weather recently so I decided that I’d get the rest of the brambles burned this week while I’m off work.

Bags of brambles

Bags of brambles

More bags of brambles

More bags of brambles

I thought that the cuttings would’ve stayed reasonably dry in their rubbish bags but it seems as if I was wrong. They were really damp which meant that I’d have a hard time burning them. There were some larger brambles that had dried out, so I started with those and tried adding a little of the bagged cuttings once a good flame had taken hold.

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The flames went out and were replaced by massive plumes of smoke. Not wanting to annoy the neighbours, I decided the only thing I could to was to have a quick cup of tea, load up the car and take all the bags to the recycling centre instead.

Quick tea break for the worker

Quick tea break for the worker

Two and a half hours, 5 trips and 36 bags later, it was done.

Bye bye brambles

Bye bye brambles

Order has been restored

Order has been restored

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Brambles? What brambles? No brambles here.

9 thoughts on “Brambles? What brambles?

  1. I’ve just looked at your pictures more carefully and realised that the ‘forest’ is actually the same place as the picture of your beautifully dug beds. What an amazing transformation! What an incredible job you’ve done. The plot in general has a very ‘cosy’ feel to it. Is each one fenced off from the next?

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  2. Thanks very much, I started clearing it last May so it’s taken months to get it into shape, but I’m so pleased I did it (all by hand – think of the tasty spuds!). The site is really small with only 6 plots. They are all fenced, with one of the fences backing onto the local park. There is a walk way fenced off on the opposite side which goes all the way along the plots, so it’s nice to have a wander along to say hello and see how everyone is getting on. Even though all the plots are all fenced it does still have a friendly feel to it. The big test will be to see if anyone is willing to share their extra seedlings!

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