News from Ben Knipe for Accessibility 2015

  • An Ash Pollard and a Wall Gap..

    17:10 15 November 2019
    By Roland Wicksteed, Dave Jackson, Dave Almond, James Archer, Neil Winder, Ben Knipe


    A  wall gap by an ash pollard in a National Trust field adjacent to the A591 near Troutbeck Village. 


    Ash pollards are difficult to age accurately as they usually hollow out, but it is likely this one is around 200 years old.


    Once the stone from the fallen wall had been cleared back, it was clear to see the problem was at least in part due to a large root from the pollard tracking above the ground and spanning the width of the wall towards the road.


    Here is a close up image of the root


    A large flat stone was located nearby to bridge over the root allowing some movement from it without it disturbing the wall too much.


    The completed wall from the roadside.
     Hopefully the pollard and the wall can now co-exist a little while longer in harmony!

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I'm the woodland ranger for Central and East Lakes working with the other rangers to manage woodlands in Windermere, Troutbeck, Ullswater, Grasmere and Langdale.
I've worked for the National Trust for over 13 years across many parts of North West of England including Staffordshire, Cheshire and now Cumbria.
My work is very varied and includes looking after ancient trees on busy lakeshore paths to quiet and wildlife rich fell side oak woodlands.

Blog:
http://centralandeastlakesrangers.blogspot.co.uk/
Email:
benjamin.knipe@nationaltrust.org.uk