We have spent a lot of the summer dealing with brambles. Our hen run was overgrown with them in places and large areas near the house are, well, just overgrown with the prickly monsters.
We decided to act.
We started on the stone dyke bordering the hen run. It was completely covered in a mix of honeysuckle and brambles. It took weeks to clear that. Then the area behind the lambing shed was also bramble heaven. Lambs can get caught up in brambles and get trapped. So Nicole spent days digging them out.
And the other side of the hen run stone dyke was also overrun. Nicole heroically cleared this area.
But still they come; and come; and come. It can be hard to get the roots out, so you have to go back and keep cutting them back. We turned our backs for a seconds and they were invading the lambing shed!
I reckon we'll be clearing brambles for years to come!