RATS Detached 2 Stint 8

RATS STINT 8

Observers: Brian Verity and Marion Vincent

Location: Field accessed from Westfield Lane, Rothley

Date: 25th February 2009

OS Ref: SK 5740312461-SK5730312456

Map Title: Site 267 West Field

Owners:

We started off in Stint 8a with a boundary of individual hawthorn, prunus and elder with no layering and a lot of rabbit damage.

There is still a slight indication of a previous ditch.

We the lose any form of hedgerow or original boundary from part way into stint 8a but there is an ancient Oak Tree 626 with a girth of 3.9 metres in Stint 8b. This oak is now protected by a wooden fencing surround to save further horse damage but it is not in a good state at the base of the trunk.

The owners of the property on The Ridgeway that is on this ancient boundary have planted a leylandii hedge within their cartilage.

We then proceed to the field boundary alongside what we have called a 'modern ha-ha' as there is a good, deep, evenly dug ditch supported on the house side with bands of railway sleepers. As there is no other hedgerow or form of boundary to this property then it forms an effective way of keeping the horses out. We could not tell if this was an original ditch enlarged for this purpose but it possibly was.

We reached the field boundary about 10 metres short of a normal stint length but it runs into a private garden that was an extension from the original garden by the purchase of a piece of the next field.

The problem now is-where does the boundary now run? Brian and Terry to pour over the maps yet again!

STINT 8a SITE 267 WEST FIELD. FEBRUARY 2009

FURTHER ALONG STINT 8a WEST FIELD. FEBRUARY 2009

STINT 8b SITE 267 WEST FIELD FEBRUARY 2009

STINT 8b FEBRUARY 2009

STINT 8c WEST FIELD. FEBRUARY 2009

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