Wildlife Trust Agrees Way Forward With Grazing On Garrison

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe seaward side of The Garrison wall will be grazed with the Wildlife Trust’s Dartmoor ponies from next week.

The Trust has agreed a way forward after meetings with opponents to their grazing and land management.

In 2010, animals grazing on the coastal side of the wall were the catalyst for vocal objections to the Trust’s policy.

The Grazing and Access Working Group was formed to try and find a compromise after the ‘Save our Scilly’ organisation was created to channel strong local objection to the Trust’s management.

GWAG included members of public, along with representatives from the Wildlife Trust, the Duchy and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ritchie Christopher was made spokesperson and he met with Wildlife Trust warden David Mawer and conservation warden Darren Hart earlier this month.

They agreed that grazing can resume in three smaller blocks after Easter and finishing by mid May, before the season starts.

Ritchie says The Garrison has improved in appearance because of the grazing and the cattle and ponies have reduced bracken and bramble scrub. That’s opened up the landscape.

Ritchie has also welcomed Trust plans to soften the unnatural looking straight edges made by mechanical management by using a smaller ‘walk behind’ machine.

The Trust says they are pleased to find a positive way ahead.