With thanks to The Times, The Shed is taking the liberty of reproducing one of its nice pictures of a horse team in action, crushing bracken in dunes on the Bantham Estate, overlooking Bigbury Bay.

Bracken control ought to be more of a concern around here, especially around some of the Duchy’s fishing waters, and The Shed put in a call to the Bantham estate manager, Ryan Hooper. The point of the exercise, he said, was that horses pulling flexible rollers can reach into corners you could never get at with a tractor and mower. And crushing the bracken properly is as effective as cutting it.

The horse team and rig came from Buckfastleigh, where contractor Will Hampton runs Dartmoor Horse Loggers – most of his work is in hauling timber.


Devon Highways has announced Pencreber Road will be closed for two days starting September 19. But vehicle access for residents will still be possible.


Police are seeking a man who exposed himself to a woman near Clearbrook on Wednesday September 5.

It happened around 1.45pm near the first car park on the Clearbrook road off the main road. The woman’s dog ran up to the man as they passed each other and he asked her for the time. When she turned around to reply, the man was exposing himself.
The woman, in her 50s, ignored the act and made her way back to her car to report the incident to police. He was last seen near the woods next to the car park –
probably in his mid-20s, white, stocky, with short dark hair parted at the side.
He was wearing a green fleece top,
black work trousers with knee pockets and black boots.
Contact police via or by phone on 101, quoting crime reference CR/081644/18.


About 70 people heard a fascinating explanation of the Bronze Age standing stones of Dartmoor through a lecture by local investigator John Morgan, of Crapstone, in St John’s Church last Friday. The former RAF navigator has spent 30 years developing his theory that many stone rows are pointing to significant events in the heavens, along lines running through landmarks on the horizon. Full report held over to next week. Check back here.

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