January Team Update

Team Update January 2015


With coverings of snow on the fells and some really windy days, January gave the team some time to try and help the property Rangers here in the South Lakes.  The first job was to help with the restoration of Claife Viewing Station and Courtyard on the West shore of Windermere.  The Station is in the middle of a large scale restoration project, with the aim of being open to the public this year.  Although most of the work is being carried out by specialist contractors, there has been the odd job that we’ve been able to get stuck into.   Based on the plans that have been drawn up, which take into account the old layout of the cottages, we were given the task of re-instating the old flower beds





Although it’s a relatively small job it does seem to create a big impression to the overall look of the courtyard. There will be plenty more work done at the Station in the coming months and so we’re sure it’ll figure again at some point in upcoming updates. 

January also saw the team building tree cages for our Woodland Ranger.  The trees are being planted around Wray Castle, where we think there may have been trees previously planted in the original planting scheme.    There’s a mix of species being planted and as the trees are only small, we need to erect sturdy tree cages to protect them. 


Cages being built with Wray Castle in the background

We have also started some path restoration work at Tom Gill, near Tarn Hows.  It’s a popular path due to the Waterfalls half way up, but people are taking several different routes through the woodland, causing damage to the tree roots and the vegetation. We’ll approach the work slightly differently as to what we do on the fell as its woodlands we’re working in.  We can use local resources, such as dead wood, to try and get people back on to the actual path.



Tom Gill path with various eroded side routes

The team also had a Fix the Fell Work Party at Bracken Hause this month.  This path forms part of our routine maintenance schedule, where we have to re-introduce a camber back on to the path.  Over the year the route begins to lose its camber and water doesn’t drain freely off it.  Once this happens, then you might as well imagine the path being like a water slide at a theme park.  The water will flow all the way down to the bottom of the hill, causing damage to path surface.


Walking up to Bracken Hause

And finally, around five or six years ago, some of the Fix the Fell rangers visited the Rhone-Alps in France to have a look at path erosion.   We went over there to advise them on the best course of action.  We had an e-mail back from them this month to say that they have now finished the work over there.  It’s nice to think that the lessons we’ve learnt here in the Lakes are now helping people in different regions to overcome their particular problems.  Follow the link to see what they’ve done over there http://shar.es/1XaH4u (there’s a link for an English version of the film once on this page).

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