Helicopter sprayed the chemical Asulam over 75 acres of intrusive Bracken on selected areas of the lower slopes on Ilkley Moor the spraying took place on Friday, 13 September. The Friends of Ilkley Moor have set aside £10,000 for the treatment. John Stidworthy (Chair of the Friends) said “We are hoping that the chemical will destroy a large area of bracken and that the money will be well spent by the Friends. We will not know for sure until next year when the bracken comes up – or, we hope, does not.”
Richard Perham of Bradford Council Countryside Services said “The spraying of the 75 acres took about an hour and a half – we think we caught the bracken at the right time and hope it will be effective. We will need to do follow up treatment in the next few years, chemical and manual.”
From Barry Wilkinson FOIM Press Officer 07831-505051. For more in formation contact Richard Perham 07582-100607
John Stidworthy elected Chairman of FoIM
John Stidworthy was elected as Chair at the 2013 AGM in April. After university John worked at the London Zoo for 10 years giving talks and tours to parties from schools and colleges.
Subsequently he worked at the Natural History Museum first as a lecturer, then becoming involved in designing museum exhibits. After 10 years at the museum, his wife went back to work and he became a househusband. Both his young sons survived his cooking.
Over the years he has written more than thirty books on natural history, most aimed at children. In Buckinghamshire he was chair of governors at three primary schools. He and his wife Sue moved to Ilkley in 2010 to be near their grandchildren and enjoy t
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