Hello Conservation Volunteers
Thank you to everyone who turned out for our latest work morning around Forge Dam.
One of our volunteers, Linda, had informed us the path up from the old Health Authority which she runs up every day was overgrown and needed cutting back, so not to hinder Linda's daily run we duly assembled a task group, and armed with appropriate tools to clear the path, Linda and her colleagues trudged off to clear it. As can be seen from the photos it looks much better with more light getting through to the now clear path. We hope Linda can now improve on her PB during her daily run!
The main task of the morning was to clear two trees which had fallen into the river below armchair bridge. With the river back to a normal flow the team were able to get into the water and cut up the trees and remove them to the bankside. Rhododendron growing on the bank was also cut down. Some of the brash was stacked together to create a wild life habitat for insects and other small animals that may wish to take refuge in it as the summer comes to an end and winter draws in.
On their way back to Forge Dam the group checked in on Wiremill Dam to ensure it was free of debris and then moved on to the grill on the goit which had become clogged up with fallen branches and sticks and cleared it.
The next work morning is on Thursday 14th September 2023. An email will be sent out nearer the time with details.
A Selection of photos from the work morning
Path up to the old Health Authority before clearing
Path after clearing
Trees in the river before clearing
Cutting up and removing the trees
Stacking brash for a wild life habitat
After removing the trees
Clearing the grill on the goit