News from Mark Astley for January 2012

  • Acting on information received

    15:27 18 January 2012
    By Maurice Pankhurst, Mark Astley, Jack Deane, Paul Delaney, Andy Warner , Daniel Simpson, Geoff Medd

    Tuesday morning bright & early, Jack and I grabbed a chainsaw, got our gear and headed off down to the path linking Crow Park to the Isthmus. Taking a ribbon of dry land surrounded by some very swampy ground, it is a popular path especially for many of the local Keswick dogwalkers. The wet ground allows Willows to flourish, and windy weather occasionally bends them right over causing the path to be obstructed. Half an hour with the chainsaw and the problem was sorted.

    But how did we get to know about the problem in the first place? The area we cover here in the North Lakes is vast, it is impossible for us to get out and find all of the problems. Fortunately for us we have a largely anonymous, unknown, but much appreciated army of informants, that during the course of a walk, or climb, or sail, or drive, spot things that need a quick fix, and then let us know that something is amiss. The lady who found the trees gave us a quick telephone call, and the problem was soon resolved. We always appreciate this, and it is absolutely essential to how we work. So this little piece is not about clearing damaged trees, but rather it is to say thank you, and keep up the good work!

News from Mark Astley

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Ranger for the Buttermere and Ennerdale valleys, I live in Loweswater with my family; three boys aged 15, 11 and 9. I'm a very keen fisherman, an amateur archaeologist and work very closely with farmers within the valleys. In my spare time I'm a rugby coach for Cockermouth Rugby Union club. I have been working for the National Trust for over 25 years. For me, it is a way life not a job.

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