Wednesday, 2 September 2015
I had a great day with seven other National Trust volunteers at Horse Island on the Ards Peninsula.
This island is a mile south of the village of Kircubbin, County Down.
Today we were uprooting ragwort and "strimming" rushes.
We picked two truck-loads of the ragwort.
The mechanical strimmer is a powerful implement, cutting through course vegetation like a hot knife through butter.
In the middle of the field there is a derelict cottage. It has two rooms.
The National Trust has erected a provisional iron roof on the building in order to prevent further deterioration.
Apparently it was last inhabited in the early 1980s.