It was evident from Mike Derbyshire’s history session that there is a very real danger that ploughing may destroy the unique agricultural archaeology of strip lynchetts. It is absolutely vital that this does not happen.
If ploughing is inevitable, then it must be undertaken with the utmost care and the lynchetts must be clearly marked for the ploughman. It is certain that a present day large tractor and mullti-furrow plough will immediately destroy the field system. The work can only be undertaken with a small tractor pulling a one or at most two furrow plough. A pair of heavy horses pulling a single furrow plough would be ideal but unlikely. Ploughing can only take place in one direction and must be undertaken by a skilled operator who is fully aware of the archaeological importance of the site.
Does anyone else share our concerns?