FOAM is the "Friends of Ancient Monuments", part of the Council for British Archaeology Wessex Group.
FOAM meets occasionally to "befriend and improve ancient monuments" and today they were up at the Lake Group to clear the scrub and trees growing out of two of the barrows.
I thought it'd be fun to go along and give them some help, and it was.
Here're some photos:
The first barrow before we started the clearance
Slightly different view of the first barrow
Barrow 1 during clearance
Barrow 1 cleared
View from the top of barrow 1
Looking towards the afternoon's work - barrow 2.
Although it's difficult to see in this pic, there are two large (one's 40' tall) beech trees growing out of this one
Barrow 2 - pretty much cleared
Barrow 2 - very heavy tree trunks!
Barrow 2 has a much cleaner profile now
8 hours and 8 tired people later, we finish work just as the sun goes down
Very satisfying and an excellent way to spend some time in parts of the landscape that's not usually accessible to $general_public like me :-)