22nd Jan, 2021

Brackenburn returns to the Malvern Hills

BRACKENBURN will be returning to the Malvern Hills to harvest bracken from the commons following the great success of last year.

Over the next couple of weeks the bracken will be cut, left to rest and then harvested and transformed into ‘Brackettes’ which can be burnt on log fires.

A Malvern Hills Trust spokesperson said: “This is a great way to make use of and control the plant which can smother smaller flowering plants and grasses.

“In other places on the Hills, bracken is rolled to weaken it which, over time, will lead to a less dense stand allowing grassland flowers to grow through.”

Bracken is a good habitat for small mammals, reptiles and some birds.

However, if left untouched, it can take over huge areas of countryside.

Brakcenburn will be taking bracken from Hollybed Common and Malvern Common during the first part of this month.

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