Scything the meadow

There’s a small meadow area in the garden that I scythe once a year to maintain it.  Yesterday I raked up the dried material. This area had clearly been maintained by the previous owners as it doesn’t take long before it reverts to woodland. When they bought the land in 1939 there were sheep grazing here.
Just a few pictures:

Old aerial photos ( show that the garden had much less vegetation at the beginning and this meadow remnant has been kept clear from the start! The 3 pictures below were taken over a span of 70 years in 2016, 1976 and 1947.