It has been lovely to see people’s photos of the millpond in the sunshine shared over the last few weeks. There is still lots more to be done at Forge Dam, so we wanted to share a few things to know about the next steps of the project…
The bridleway is now open and useable, but the finished surface has not yet been added. This will be the last thing to happen, in case the other works disrupt the surface. 100 metres of hedge will be planted in the Autumn where sections of fencing were removed, providing new wildlife habitat.
We would like to apologise to anyone who has a memorial bench that they have not been able to use over the period of work. These will be put out again very soon, although will need to be moved again temporarily during the path resurfacing in September (see below). We appreciate your understanding.
Installation of an adjustable control mechanism (penstock) at the millrace
The team from Sanctus will be back for a few days in July to install an adjustable control mechanism to control the volume of water going down the millrace at the back of the café where Thomas Boulsover had his workshop.
We will need to close the section of footpath either side of the millrace for 2 days to complete these works and will temporarily lower the water level by about a metre.
Please look out for notices on site when we have confirmed which days these will be.
Repair of Collapsed Section of Wall
We are finalising approvals to get the section of footpath where the wall collapsed repaired. We hope the contractors will be able to make a start on this in early July before the school summer holidays. Water levels will need to be lowered slightly to allow the contractors access to the repair, and the work is expected to take 2 -3 weeks - after which we will finally be able to re-open the north bank footpath.
Additional Path and Accessibility Improvements
The final phase of works will be to resurface the path around the millpond, this will include replacing the handrail near the café and removing the redundant white gate at the top of the ramp. As these works will inevitably mean more disruption and a rolling programme of path closures, we won’t begin them until September - after the school summer holidays.
General Conservation Tasks
You will spot the yellow Hi Vis of the conservation volunteers tackling the Himalayan Balsam as they do every summer... it is a recurring invasion in the wet woodland.
We hope this answers any questions you may have, but feel free to get in touch if there is anything else you would like to know – please email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Forge Dam’ in the subject headline.