News from Dave Jackson for November 2019

  • New Oak Gate for Low Wood.

    10:26 25 November 2019
    By Roland Wicksteed, Dave Jackson, Dave Almond, James Archer, Neil Winder, Ben Knipe


    The old oak gate to the entrance of Low Wood...forming part of the National Trust High Close estate...was replaced recently by a new oak gate constructed in the same style by  accomplished N.T joiner, Ricky.


    The top bar of the old gate, weakened after many years.


    The gate stoop.


    The original gate hangings were removed with some difficulty from the old gate, wire brushed and painted, ready to be used on the new gate.


    The newly painted top hanger is put in place on the new gate complete with new coach bolts.


    The excellent new oak gate, ready to provide years of service.
  • 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!