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  • Joined Jun 2014
  • Lancashire/Yorkshire Border
Rushes - cycle of
« on: February 27, 2015, 04:05:17 pm »
Hello  :wave:

We have a field overgrown with rushes which we keep topping and have an Exmoor Pony grazing with the sheep but have also had loads overgrowing a stream in another field. This field and stream never had any rushes when we moved here over 30 years ago - (in fact it was a fantastic paddling stream but no more). I have noticed rushes taking over elsewhere in the locality. My question is - rushes have always been around so as there were none when we moved here years ago does this mean there never has been or is there a cycle? Thanks everyone. ???
Voss Electric Fence


  • Joined Aug 2009
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Rushes - cycle of
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2015, 06:55:54 pm »
Probably the previous management of the other field kept them in check before you had it. Once the management and conditions changed then they spread.
Our holding has Anglo Nubian and British Toggenburg goats, Gotland sheep, Franconian Geese, Blue Swedish ducks, a whole load of mongrel hens and two semi-feral children.


  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Rushes - cycle of
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2015, 08:21:47 pm »
Farmers in England mostly have to sign up to environmental schemes in order to get enough subsidy to run their farms.

The environment schemes like reshes more than they like livestock  ::)

Coupled with increasingly wetter weather, especially in terms of wetter, milder winters, we're pretty close to telling people we 'farm reshes'!
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cow, beef cattle, pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing


  • Joined Jun 2014
  • Lancashire/Yorkshire Border
Re: Rushes - cycle of
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2015, 09:38:38 am »
We have dug them out and even used the digger to dig the whole stream. We are on a stewardship and they came and did a land check last year and were very happy so you are right Sally - Rushe farming maybe the way forward!!!!



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