News from Pete Entwistle for February 2018

  • Woodland boundary repairs in Ullswater

    08:14 02 February 2018
    By Ade Mills, Pete Entwistle, Leo Walmsley

    After finishing our path repair work up at Hole in the Wall we've as usual, for the time of year, concentrated on working in the valley bottoms, so far mostly around Langdale and Ullswater.

    Since the new year our main work has been carrying out repairs to a woodland boundary in Ullswater. The plantation where we've been working has been recently thinned which will allow more space for selected trees to develop and let more light get through to the woodland floor. This in turn should lead to an increase in woodland flowers and encourage a wider range of other species to use the woodland.

     Lower wall before repair

    The work has consisted of two dry stone wall gaps on the east side of the lake below Place Fell. The lower gap had extremely tricky access with the wall being on top of a steep rocky slope which also meant a lot of carrying rock back up the hill before we could start.

     Lower wall after repair

    The upper wall, although easier to access, was a much larger job and the stone was a lot more challenging being smaller and irregular.

     Upper wall before repair (bottom side)

     Upper wall after repair (bottom side)

    We soon had both walls up and they will now hopefully last a good few years before being in need of any more repair.

     Upper wall before repair (top side)

    To allow woodland plants to flourish the woodland ideally needs to be stock-proof. So the final job once we'd finished the walling was to reattach the wall-top-fence to make it difficult for both sheep and deer to gain access.

     Attaching the wall-top-fence to the upper wall after repairs

News from Pete Entwistle

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Ranger Supervisor - responsible for supervising upland path repairs and maintenance for the National Trust in the Central and Eastern Fells.

My interest in the outdoors and walking in the Lakes goes back to spending every weekend as a child walking with my parents up one mountain or another, by the time I was 10 I'd probably been up every mountain in the Lakes.

I've also have a keen interest in the environment and spend many hours photographing wildlife.

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http://fellrangers.blogspot.co.uk