By: Blonde One

Anything goes on a Monday so, as you all head back to work, here’s something a little bit Blonde and a little bit outdoors to get you thinking.

The practice of swaling on Dartmoor is a necessary burning of vegetation which encourages new growth to be grazed by livestock. It has been used for centuries and is carefully controlled with strict guidelines to be followed. Although it causes a temporary black patch of moorland which doesn’t look great, it is soon replaced by new growth.