Molehills are a prevalent problem at Rufford and one way of flattening them down is to use something called a chain harrow. It fastens on the back of most tractors and all terrain vehicles and gives a football pitch like effect after driving up a field one way then the opposite.
Chain harrowing can be used in many situations,
- Pasture renovation
- Breaking up and levelling heavy soil
- Stimulating growth by loosening thatch and aerating
- Spreading manure
- Clearing moss
- Working compressed soil
Above it shows the flattening of molehills and clearing of loose debris on our grassed area outside the Abbey. This was undertaken by our very enthusiastic 70 year old worker.