Visit to Ruth Watkins’ holding at Llanddeusant. The walk will start at 11am. Please bring a packed lunch and a chair or something
to sit on. Ruth has kindly offered to provide tea/coffee. Part of the walk is over uneven, marshy ground so wear suitable footwear. Sorry, no dogs.
“Pengraig goch is a traditional 70 acre farm in the western half of the Brecon Beacons National Park. I have maps going back to mid 19thC and most of the traditional pasture fields still exist, now SSSI. Though it does have some dry parts I affectionately call it “the bog on the hill”. Most of the land is marshy grassland, fen or wet heath. lt is interesting that soft rush and agricultural weeds are not problematic on the ancient swards. Molinia, sharp-flowered rush and even compact rush seem to limit the growth of soft-flowered rush; I can show you how they interact (though I have not discovered any explanation for this). There will be lots of flowers to see and if the weather is nice views of the Black Mountain. There is also a ravine with ancient woodland. I farm Welsh Black cattle and sheep, Herdwicks and Brecknock- hill Cheviots. Though I am not now organic, I do not use mineral fertiliser and the plants on the farm are natives of the area.”
Should be interesting, see you there.